11/13/2013:Earlier this year (June 14th), an Osprey landed onboard the JS Hyuga (DDG-181) during Dawn Blitz off of the coast of Naval Base Coronado.
Now this has been done from Okinawa to a Japanese ship deployed in the Pacific.
Lt. Gen. John Wissler and Japanese dignitaries embark on an MV-22B Osprey Nov. 12 aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise to return to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
This marks the first time that an Osprey landed on a JMSDF ship in the Asia-Pacific region.
We have highlighted recent global activity of the Osprey which is yet another statement about the maturation of the Osprey.
First, there was the story about the Osprey pilots awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Second, there was the story about the formation of the Special Purpose MAGTFs, a group of 6 Ospreys and 3 C-130s able to deploy rapidly to a mission, rapidly and at distance.
And their recent exercise with the French Foreign Legion at their French base.
Now the Ospreys are engaged in Search and Rescue and in general support of the Philippine relief mission.
The Osprey is a key enabler for the USMC evolution into a force able to move faster, with greater range with significantly greater reach.
And to do so while performing a variety of wide-ranging missions.
Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force.The Osprey is with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, currently assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
- In the second photo, an MV-22B Osprey lands aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise Nov. 12 after taking off from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa only an hour prior.
- In the third photo, service members with the Japan Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines walk across the flight deck of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise Nov. 12 after debarking from an MV-22B Osprey. T
- In the fourth photo, an MV-22B Osprey prepares to take off Nov. 12 from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. After takeoff, the Osprey landed on the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise at sea, off of the coast of Okinawa, marking the first time an Osprey landed on a JMSDF ship in the Asia-Pacific region.
- In the final photo, Lt. Gen. John Wissler, left, and Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, watch an MV-22B Osprey maneuver for a landing Nov. 12 aboard the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise.
In addition, the video below provides a good complement to the slideshow in showing the Japanese and Americans working together to operate the Osprey off of the Japanese ship.