Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) Cartridge Actuated Devices / Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD / PAD) has been advised that there is an impact on a US Marine Corps MV-22B attached to the Presidential Helicopter Squadron ( HMX-1), May 17. Due to the impact, the aircraft was immobilized at a deployment site and submitted an emergency order for several CAD. The unique route in transit between the HMX-1’s home location and the deployment location indicated that a stopover at NSWC IHD would be more advantageous compared to standard ground shipping.
Through coordination with the management of the NSWC IHD, an MV-22B landed at the command’s helipad on the morning of May 18, where a pallet of replacement assets was waiting to be loaded on board.
“The unique capabilities of the V-22 tiltrotor allowed it to land at the helipad like a helicopter, aboard critical assets, and then launch and ship the cargo to its final destination at the speed of an aircraft. fixed-wing, âsaid CAD / PAD Joint Program Office (JPO) Deputy Program Director Jason Caron.
Later that day during the maintenance event, an additional requirement was generated which resulted in a repeated visit of a second HMX-1 MV-22B the following morning.
“The squadron’s capabilities, combined with the proximity to the company’s consolidated CAD / PAD storage point and the rapid response from the entire team, made it possible to get the aircraft back to operational condition,” Caron said. .
CAD / PAD JPO Director Greg Longworth said the team’s agility in supporting the fighter is a testament to the logistics capabilities and the fleet’s confidence in their capabilities.
âCertainly the opportunity to directly support the HMX-1 mission was greeted with a renewed sense of urgency but in reality it is just another example of our collective team’s dedication and commitment to serving our soldiers, sailors , Airmen and Marines all over the world, “Longworth said.