“Marines Fuel Coast Guard Mission”–Military.com

“U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Parkes, Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM) 774 V-22 crew chief, poses in front of a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City HH-65 Dolphin on Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., June 14, 2018. The Marines conducted a forward air-refueling point for the first time – refueling an HH-65 with a VMM-774 V-22 Osprey. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ariel Owings)”

Military.com has a report of an exercise in which a Marine V-22 refueled a CG H-65 on the ground.

My first reaction, is that this is a good exercise for the Marines, but I had a hard time imagining how the Coast Guard might use this capability. There were times when we had to call on the Air Force Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service to fly very long missions out to sea because Coast Guard helicopters did not have an aerial refueling capability, but this would not help us in those cases. On the other hand this might be useful in the Arctic where fuel stops can be few and far between. There aren’t many Marine assets in Alaska, but the Air Force might have a similar capability.

Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention. 

5 thoughts on ““Marines Fuel Coast Guard Mission”–Military.com

  1. Maximum allowable Airspeed for the MV-22 in Tanker configuration is ~185kts (~212.89mph)! Which I doubt the HH-65C Dolphin is even capable off…

    • secundius, Note this is only in regard to fueling on the ground. No CG helos have fueling probes for airborne refueling. I am pretty sure other service H-60s have or will do aerial refueling from V-22s. They already refuel from C-130s.

      • MV-22 Osprey’s use the same Refueling Drogue’s as that of the KC-130! That’s the point I was trying to make, not that the HH-65 Dolphin was a BAD Helicopter…

    • Air Refueling Drogue come from an KC-130! But unlike the KC-130’s Air Refueling Drogue, the MV-22’s is on a Pallet fitted inside the MV-22. Drogue is rated for a Maximum Air Speed of ~185kts. Any faster than that can cause serious damage not only to Drogue but to MV-22 Aircraft. Because of Strapping System, strapping pallet to the inside of aircraft. Drogue has to be Spooled Out of Rear Cargo Compartment of MV-22. Hold Down Straps won’t handle speeds in excess of 185kts. And neither the USMC/USN have plans for a Dedicated “KC” variant of the MV-22 “Osprey”…

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