Ospreys over Los Angeles

Mick West

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Various people have posted reports, photos, or video of military Osprey aircraft over Los Angeles, for example

Source: https://twitter.com/ShootToThrill17/status/1243621643517218816


This is presented as if it's some indication of coming martial law. But what are they actually doing? The Dana Point Times posted this:

Source: https://twitter.com/DanaPointTimes/status/1243666641734586368


Dana Point is 50 miles south of Los Angeles. The Ospreys probably came from Camp Pendleton, further south.
https://www.google.com/maps/search/marines/@33.3032727,-117.3503682,675m/data=!3m1!1e3
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It's not exactly a new thing:


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Ospreys are sometimes seen accompanying Presidential helicopters. But it seems the more common thing is training, like this story from 2014:
https://abc7.com/424995/
Similar sightings, similar fears.

In another case in 2016, it was a bit of both - the Ospreys were practicing for a Presidential visit:
https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/la-news-chopper-stumbles-onto-fomation-of-v-22-ospreys-1762175465
And a Reddit thread from two years ago, with the exact same type of thing as the current Tweets:
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/7w1a0w/low_flying_military_ospreys_i_think_havent_seen/

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And another with an explanation:
Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/b8peyw/military_helicopters_over_santa_monica/

 

Mendel

Senior Member.
Kinda makes sense that they're taking this opportunity when the airspace is a lot more empty than usual.
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
I wonder if these tilt-rotor V-22 Ospreys were missioned to help supply the large floating hospital USNS Mercy, that just recently docked in the Port of Los Angeles yesterday (fri, 3/27/20) ?

A few years ago, the Mercy and the "USNS Comfort" (both converted, former oil tankers) were being considered for retirement and being 'scrapped". But plans changed, and Mercy's heli-pads were recently retro-fitted to accommodate two Ospreys.

Back in April 2018, the ships' fate was decided, and the upgrade decision was made.

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(EDIT)....it seems the changes have not yet been completed... but still, the Ospreys could land nearby if needed.
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(June, 2018)
“We have made plans to do a service life extension of both ships … ” he said. “The problem with those ships is, there’s only two of them and they’re big, and we’re moving to a more distributed maritime operations construct.”
To consider their options, the Navy commissioned a “requirements evaluation team” this spring. Merz said at the April hearing that one of the requirements under consideration was mandating the ships to support V-22 Ospreys, which can accommodate nearly 20 more seated passengers than an SH-60 Seahawk.
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Capt. Lynelle Boamah, the Mercy’s executive officer, told Stars and Stripes during the ship’s recent visit to Yokosuka that the flight deck will be modified to support tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft by 2020.
SOURCE
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw7ku4N2vEk
 
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Landru

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Staff member
I wonder if these tilt-rotor V-22 Ospreys were missioned to help supply the large floating hospital USNS Mercy, that just recently docked in the Port of Los Angeles yesterday (fri, 3/27/20) ?

A few years ago, the Mercy and the "USNS Comfort" (both converted, former oil tankers) were being considered for retirement and being 'scrapped". But plans changed, and Mercy's heli-pads were recently retro-fitted to accommodate two Ospreys.

Back in April 2018, the ships' fate was decided, and the upgrade decision was made.

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(EDIT)....it seems the changes have not yet been completed... but still, the Ospreys could land nearby if needed.
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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw7ku4N2vEk
The ship is in port. Why wouldn't they just drive trucks?
 
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