V-22 Osprey Flew Osama Bin Laden to Navy Ship After Death

A V-22 Osprey aircraft ferried Osama bin Laden’s body to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson after he was killed in a U.S. raid May 2 in Pakistan.

Representative Norman Dicks, a Democrat from Washington, talked about the tilt-rotor aircraft’s mission as the House Appropriations Committee was considering the 2012 Pentagon spending bill.

“I don’t know the details,” Dicks said in an interview after the session. “They had the V-22s” in Afghanistan “so they used that to transport his body to the carrier.”

Bin Laden was subsequently buried at sea.

Dicks said he was told about the role of the V-22, manufactured by Boeing Co. of Chicago and Textron Inc. of Providence, Rhode Island, during an unclassified briefing in Afghanistan.

The House committee, in its fiscal 2012 defense budget report approved today, urged the Navy to request authority in fiscal 2013 to proceed with another multiyear contract to complete the entire 458-aircraft program. The Navy and the companies are in the last year of a four-year, $10.4 billion contract for 167 aircraft.

The House appropriations panel approved the Pentagon’s request for $2.5 billion for 35 aircraft, including five for Air Force special operations, in fiscal 2012, which begins Oct. 1.

Dicks said the V-22’s performance in the Bin Laden mission as well as its overall performance overseas factored into the committee’s action.

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