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    Navy Greyhound Aircraft, Slated for Retirement, Are Now Filling Vital Role of Grounded Ospreys

    Navy Greyhound Aircraft, Slated for Retirement, Are Now Filling Vital Role of Grounded Ospreys

    The Navy's top aviation officer said the grounding of the V-22 Osprey has forced him to tap into his remaining C-2 Greyhound aircraft in order to keep aircraft carriers in the Pacific and the Middle East supplied and operational.

    “Lucky for the Navy that the C-2 Greyhound is still available,” Vice Adm. Daniel Cheever told a crowd at a panel discussion at the annual WEST 2024 conference Tuesday.

    Cheever said the sea service has seen “limited operational impact at this point” from tapping the Greyhounds to fill its needs, but that there will be “significant operational impacts” in the future if the Osprey isn't returned to service following a grounding across the Navy, and Marine Corps that resulted from a Nov. 29 crash in that killed eight airmen.

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    The Greyhound has been a staple of aircraft carrier life for decades. Cmdr. Beth Teach, a spokeswoman for Cheever, said in an email that the aircraft has been in service for 60 years, but the Navy is planning to retire it entirely by 2026.

    For now, though, the last remaining squadron of 15 Greyhounds “is currently surging to meet the Carrier Onboard Delivery mission for deployed aircraft carriers in U.S. 5th and 7th Fleets,” Teach confirmed.

    The Osprey has been barred from flying for 69 days now after the deadly crash.

    Military.com learned last week that…

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