The Navy has prepared and released to the public a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) proposing to provide facilities and functions to support the replacement of the aging C-2A Greyhound aircraft with the new CMV-22B Osprey (Navy V-22) aircraft at existing West and East Coast Fleet Logistics Centers, Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The Navy will hold two public meetings to provide information and solicit comments on the Draft EA.
The C-2A was commissioned in the 1960s, refurbished in 1973 and again in 2010. It has reached the end of its service life, and must be replaced.
The purpose of the proposed action is to provide facilities and functions needed to support the replacement of the fixed-wing C-2A aircraft with the Navy V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft to meet operational demands and enhance the Navy’s logistics support mission. Navy V-22 aircraft will deliver personnel, mail and cargo to/from aircraft carriers from land-based supply centers in Norfolk and San Diego.
The Draft EA summarizes the environmental effects of the proposed action, which includes replacing 27 legacy C-2A aircraft operated by existing fleet logistics support squadrons with 38 Navy V-22 aircraft operated by fleet logistics support multi-mission squadrons; establishing a Navy V-22 training squadron for pilots and aircrews; establishing a maintenance school; constructing, renovating, and maintaining facilities to accommodate squadron aircraft and personnel; making adjustments to personnel levels associated with the Navy V-22 training squadron and maintenance school; and conducting Navy V-22 flight operations.
Based upon the analysis in the EA, the introduction of the Navy V-22 is expected to have only minor impacts on the environment and local community.