U.S. Marines assigned to 2d Air & Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force, fast-rope out of a V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft.
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. (Nov. 06, 2004) U.S. Marines assigned to 2d Air & Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force, fast-rope out of a V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft during a training exercise with Special Operations Training Group instructors. The V-22 Osprey is a tilt rotor vertical/short takeoff and landing (VSTOL), multi-mission aircraft developed to fill multi-service combat operational requirements. The MV-22 will replace the current Marine Corps assault helicopters in the medium lift category (CH-46E and CH-53), contributing to the dominant maneuver of the Marine landing force, as well as supporting focused logistics in the days following commencement of an amphibious operation. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lana D. Waters File# 041106-M-0000X-001