Ospreys conduct a ship-to-shore emergency medical evacuation
Jul 05, 2009 10:00 pm
The US 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has made history by using two MV-22B Ospreys, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), to conduct a ship-to-shore emergency medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) of a Sailor from USS Bataan on June 25. This is the first time the aircraft has been used to conduct such a mission from the sea.
After landing aboard Bataan, the patient and team of medical personnel were brought aboard the aircraft and lifted off from the flight deck. The aircraft travelled 147 nautical miles, in 37 minutes, to a regional airport where an ambulance was used to transfer the Sailor to a hospital for further treatment.