Ospreys Arrive in Okinawa as Part of the Dynamic Defense of Japan

10/02/2012: Ospreys Arrive in Okinawa
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  • In the first photo, Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 265 MV-22B Osprey aircraft fly from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 1, 2012. The Osprey flies twice as fast, carries nearly three times the payload and has four times the range of the CH-46E helicopter, enhancing the U.S.-Japan security alliance.
  • In photos 2-5,  Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 265 MV-22B Osprey aircraft taxis down a runway aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 1, 2012.
  • In the final two photos, MV-22B Ospreys, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Oct. 1.

The aircraft will be based at and operate out of MCAS Futenma. The MV-22B combines the capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed wing aircraft. Basing the Osprey in Okinawa will significantly strengthen the United States’ ability to provide for the defense of Japan, perform humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and fulfill other alliance roles. VMM-265 is part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

For a look at the Japanese concept of dynamic defense see the following: