STUTTGART, Germany – U.S. and British officials have agreed to base a squadron of up to 11 CV-22 Osprey vertical-lift aircraft at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, beginning in 2013, to increase U.S. European Command’s special operations capability within Europe.
Seven Osprey aircraft are currently scheduled to be permanently based at the U.S.-run air base, operated by the 352nd Special Operations Group.
Forward-basing the Ospreys at RAF Mildenhall will speed response time for a variety of special operations missions and provide the U.S. military with increased security, disaster response and emergency airlift capability across Europe.
Before agreeing to station the aircraft in the United Kingdom, U.S. officials conducted an extensive environmental impact study and shared their results with the U.K. Ministry of Defence.
The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.
A fact sheet for the Osprey can be found here.
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