HONOLULU (AP) - The Marine Corps in Hawaii is officially transforming its Sea Stallion helicopter squadron into an Osprey aircraft squadron.
The shift will take place during a change of command ceremony at Kaneohe Bay on Thursday.
The $70 million Osprey is the military's latest-generation transport aircraft.
It combines airplane-like wings with rotors that allow it to take off and land like a helicopter. Its engines roll forward in flight allowing it to fly faster than a standard helicopter.
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 will wrap its battle colors a final time as Lt. Col. Mark Revor is relieved as the squadron's commanding officer. The squadron flew CH-53D aircraft.
Lt. Col. Timothy Miller, will then assume command and unfurl the unit's new battle colors to officially activate Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363.