MV-22 Ospreys May Fly Disaster-Relief Missions in US


MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, California -- The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey may someday fly disaster-relief missions in the U.S.

When exactly isn't known, but if officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency had their way, it'd be sooner rather than later.

"I don't think it's a matter of if it will happen, it's about when it will happen," said Rob Robertson, a logistics specialist with FEMA's Task Force 3 in California. "Look at where we're living -- we have major earthquakes, fires -- any type of disaster."

In a first for the civilian agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency teamed with the U.S. Marine Corps to practice loading gear onto the MV-22 Osprey to explore the possibility of someday using the military aircraft during domestic emergencies.

The exercise was conducted on Tuesday at Moffett Field, located about 30 miles south of San Francisco, as part of the 35th annual Fleet Week, a weeklong celebration of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, held in the city.

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