MV-22 Os­prey ar­rives in Ja­pan


Twelve MV-22 Os­prey tiltro­tor air­craft were off-loaded from a civil­ian cargo ship at Marine Corps Air Sta­tion (MCAS) Iwakuni, re­cently, mark­ing the first de­ploy­ment of the MV-22 in Ja­pan. The air­craft will be sta­tioned aboard Marine Corps Air Sta­tion Futenma in Ok­i­nawa, Ja­pan, as part of Marine Medium He­li­copter Squadron 265 (HMM-265).

MCAS Iwakuni fea­tures both an air­field and a port fa­cil­ity, mak­ing it a safe and op­er­a­tionally fea­si­ble lo­ca­tion to off­load the air­craft. “We are ob­vi­ously pleased to demon­strate the ca­pac­ity of this co-lo­cated deep wa­ter har­bour and aerial port of op­er­a­tions. It clearly high­lights Iwakuni’s po­si­tion as a lo­gis­ti­cal lynch­pin in the strate­gic al­liance be­tween the United States and Ja­pan here in the Western Pa­cific,” said Col James C. Ste­wart, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of Marine Corps Air Sta­tion Iwakuni.

De­ploy­ment of the MV-22 Os­prey to Ja­pan marks a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in mod­erni­sa­tion of Marine Corps air­craft here in sup­port of the US-Ja­pan Se­cu­rity Al­liance. Throughout the Marine Corps, Ospreys have been re­plac­ing CH-46 Sea Knight he­li­copters, which made their Marine Corps de­but dur­ing the Viet­nam era.

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