Mission to Dartmoor: US Marines pile aboard twin-propeller Osprey and Sea Stallion helicopters after entering from the USS Iwo Jima warship off the coast of Ireland
- US Marines were pictured aboard Sea Stallion helicopters on Dartmoor near Okehampton last month
- Residents were also shown the twin-propeller Osprey helicopter, which features tilt rotors and can reach speeds of 351 mph
- The impressive aircraft arrived from the Wasp-class USS Iwo Jima assault ship anchored off the coast of Ireland
US Marines are depicted practicing maneuvers on Dartmoor after arriving from a warship anchored off the coast of Ireland.
The squadrons had been spotted aboard Sea Stallion helicopters near Okehampton, Devon, last month.
Two twin-propeller Ospreys, which feature tilt rotors meaning it can perform both vertical and short take-offs and landings, have also been spotted in the area.
The US Marines practiced their maneuvers in Britain before climbing back aboard the Sea Stallion helicopter
The aircraft flew from the 40,500 ton USS Iwo Jima amphibious assault ship off the coast of Ireland.
The Wasp class ship’s official Facebook page stated: ‘Last week, IWO JIMA conducted operations in the Atlantic Ocean and the crew continued to hone their war skills through training and completing a number of drills.
“Another important achievement is that we have been able to reduce COVID on board and have had the opportunity to roll back some of our COVID solutions.
‘This has really been an effort of all hands over the past few months by the crew and all the boarded personnel.’
The Sea Stallion helicopter then took off and headed back to its base aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, named after the World War II battle with the Japanese.
Two twin-propeller Ospreys, which are equipped with tilt rotors, meaning it can perform both vertical and short take-offs and landings, were also spotted in the area for impressed residents
The Osprey is the world’s first production tiltrotor aircraft, costing $ 72 million, has a wingspan of 14 meters, and can fly at a speed of 351 mph.
The marine stallions are capable of speeds of about 300 mph and can carry 37 troops.
Their ship is named after The Battle of Iwo Jima, a major five-week battle in which the United States Marine Corps and Navy captured Iwo Jima Island from the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.