By Dario Leone
Mar 15 2017
Share this article

Originally the first three Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft were slated to arrive in the second half of 2017 with an additional seven aircraft scheduled to arrive by 2021

Taken on Mar. 10, 2017 in the Philippine Sea the beautiful photo in this post shows an MV-22B Osprey assigned to the “Flying Tigers” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 taking off aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

The ship is on a routine patrol operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance warfighting readiness and posture forward as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.

Noteworthy on May 11, 2015 the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced its intention to station a special operations squadron of U.S. Air Force (USAF) CV-22 Ospreys at Yokota Air Base (AB), Japan.

But on Mar. 13, 2017 the Pentagon announced that the original plan to deploy the tilt-rotors in Japan this year has been shelved and instead the Ospreys will be arriving in fiscal year 2020.

No reason was given for the change in timing.

Originally the first three aircraft were slated to arrive in the second half of 2017 with an additional seven aircraft scheduled to arrive by 2021.

According to the DoD press release, the deployment of tilt-rotor aircraft at Yokota AB in 2020 will provide increased capability for U.S. Special Operations forces to respond quickly to crises and contingencies in Japan and across the Asia-Pacific region, including humanitarian crises and natural disasters. It will also increase interoperability, enhance operational cooperation, and promote stronger defense relations with the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

The CV-22 Osprey is a highly advanced aircraft with unique capabilities and an excellent operational safety record. The deployment reflects the U.S. steadfast commitment to defend Japan and to station its most advanced capabilities forward as part of the Asia-Pacific Rebalance.

Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanette Mullinax / U.S. Navy

Share this article

Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share this article

Share this article
Share this article

Always up to date! News and offers delivered directly to you!

Get the best aviation news, stories and features from The Aviation Geek Club in our newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox.

Error: Contact form not found.

Share this article
Back to top
My Agile Privacy
This website uses technical and profiling cookies. Clicking on "Accept" authorises all profiling cookies. Clicking on "Refuse" or the X will refuse all profiling cookies. By clicking on "Customise" you can select which profiling cookies to activate. In addition, this site installs Google Analytics in version 4 (GA4) with anonymous data transmission via proxy. By giving your consent, the data will be sent anonymously, thus protecting your privacy. We and our selected ad partners can store and/or access information on your device, such as cookies, unique identifiers, browsing data. You can always choose the specific purposes related to profiling by accessing the advertising preferences panel, and you can always withdraw your consent at any time by clicking on "Manage consent" at the bottom of the page.

List of some possible advertising permissions:

You can consult: our list of advertising partners, the Cookie Policy and the Privacy Policy.
Warning: some page functionalities could not work due to your privacy choices