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Osprey in Action

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    Excerpts from today's Norfolk, VA Virginian Pilot Newspaper:

    "The Navy received a distress call from the Miss Melissa about 2:30 p.m. Friday. The ship reported taking on heavy water in rough seas about 50 miles east of Oregon Inlet, Lee said.

    The San Antonio was conducting its exercises nearby, Lee said. A V-22 Osprey flew from the deck of the warship to the ailing vessel and confirmed its location.

    The San Antonio steamed toward the watermen. Lee ordered a rescue team into a rigid-hull inflatable boat to approach the vessel.

    Petty Officer 1st Class Rickey Brown drove the small rescue boat through 12-foot swells and 45 mph gusts to the Miss Melissa. The six-year veteran had practiced rescue missions many times but never in such difficult conditions, he said."

    I would say that to get airborne in that kind of weather is quite an accomplishment. The full story can be found at

    Raymond J. Norton
    1513 Bordeaux Place
    Norfolk, VA 23509-1313

    (757) 623-1644