Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Marine Ospreys arrive in Japan

US Marine Corps Photo

This photo from the United States Marine Corps' III MEF's (Marine Expeditionary Force) Flickr Page shows a MV-22 Osprey aircraft being unloaded from the cargo ship Green Ridge at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni harbor on July 23, 2012.

Worth noting is the fact that this aircraft still carries the markings of VMM-561 "Pale Horses" which served as the cadre unit training crews on the Osprey who will now join HMM/VMM-265 in Okinawa, which will transition from the CH-46E Sea Knight to the MV-22 over the next few months. VMM-561 had re-formed in late 2010 at Marine Combat Air Station Miramar in California and had only formally dis-established in early July with the aircraft embarking on their trans-Pacific voyage in late June.

As reported previously, the deployment of the Osprey to Okinawa has been dogged by controversy, with local residents mounting a vociferous campaign against the deployment over noise and safety concerns.

More photos of the MV-22's arrival in Japan can be found at III MEF's Flickr Page.

Related: Ospreys arrive in Iwakuni / Local govts, residents still wary about safety, deployment

No comments:

Post a Comment