MV-22 Ospreys con­duct first flights in Ja­pan


Marine Medium Tiltro­tor Squadron 265 air­crews con­ducted MV22B Osprey func­tional check flights aboard Marine Corps Air Sta­tion Iwakuni, Ja­pan, re­cently mark­ing the first time the Osprey has flown in Ja­pan.

Once VMM-265, a part of Marine Air­craft Group 36, 1st Marine Air­craft Wing, III Marine Ex­pe­di­tionary Force, com­pletes func­tional check flights and pi­lot pro­fi­ciency flights at MCAS Iwakuni, its Ospreys will be based at and op­er­ate out of MCAS Futenma.

Bas­ing the Osprey in Ok­i­nawa will sig­nif­i­cantly strengthen the United States’ abil­ity to pro­vide for the de­fence of Ja­pan, per­form hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief op­er­a­tions, and ful­fill other al­liance roles.

The air­craft first ar­rived in Ja­pan at the end of July to the port fa­cil­ity here via com­mer­cial ship from San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia. Af­ter ar­riv­ing, the Ospreys were off­loaded, in­spected, and pre­pared for flight op­er­a­tions. In recog­ni­tion of the Government of Ja­pan’s con­cerns about the air­craft’s safety, the US Government re­frained from any MV-22B flight op­er­a­tions in Ja­pan un­til the re­sults of mishap in­ves­ti­ga­tions were pre­sented to the Government of Ja­pan and the safety of flight op­er­a­tions was con­firmed.

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