The first CMV-22B Osprey assigned to the US Navy’s East Coast arrived at Naval Station Norfolk on April 5th, 2024, marking a turning point for carrier logistics in the Atlantic Fleet.

This deployment comes alongside the official stand-up of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 40, also known as the “Mighty Bison,” tasked with operating the tiltrotor aircraft.

From Greyhound to Osprey: Enhanced Carrier Logistics

The CMV-22B Osprey is a variant of the well-known V-22 Osprey, known for its unique tiltrotor technology that allows for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) like a helicopter and faster, long-range turboprop flight like a fixed-wing aircraft.

This capability offers a significant advantage over the previously used C-2A Greyhound in the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) role.

The CMV-22B boasts an extended range, allowing it to deliver critical supplies and personnel directly to aircraft carriers at sea, enhancing the Navy’s logistical reach and responsiveness.

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CMV-22B Osprey Functional Check Flight (Image source: DVIDS)

The Rise of the “Mighty Bison”: VRM-40 Takes Charge

VRM-40, established in March 2022 alongside sister squadrons on the West Coast, has officially transitioned its personnel to Norfolk as of February 1st, 2024.

The remaining CMV-22Bs for the squadron are expected to arrive throughout the summer, completing the unit’s operational readiness.

“We are proud to join the Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic team and eager to lean forward into our next phase of stand-up,” said Cmdr. Matthew Boyce, Commanding Officer of VRM-40.