Having arrived in Japan, Ospreys are put on ice

Having arrived in Japan, Ospreys are put on ice

Nature did not intend for an aircraft to be towed off a ship — it’s supposed to fly ashore under its own power.

Not so, however, with the MV-22 Osprey’s inauspicious debut in Japan, where a cargo vessel docked this week to unload a dozen of the big birds that will sit on the ground until this fall. That’s when American commanders will show Japanese officials the results of investigations that conclude the aircraft are safe, and their crews can at last fly them from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to their fulltime homes down on Okinawa.

The Marine Corps recognized upfront that controversy follows the Osprey wherever it flies, but that it hopes its Japanese hosts can become converts just as the Iraqis and Afghans did — though they had less say in the matter.

Said the Corps:

Marines will prepare the aircraft for flight after its 5,000-mile journey aboard the civilian cargo ship Green Ridge. However, the MV-22 Ospreys will not conduct functional check flights until the results of safety investigations are presented to the Government of Japan and the safety of flight operations is confirmed. Following safety confirmation and functional check flights, the Ospreys will fly to their new home aboard MCAS Futenma.

Groups opposed to the MV-22 deployment in Japan have demonstrated in Okinawa and Iwakuni. Recognizing the concerns of Japanese citizens led U.S. and Japanese officials to ensure safety of flight operations is confirmed before Ospreys fly in Japan.

Deployment of the MV-22 Osprey to Japan marks a significant step forward in modernization of Marine Corps aircraft here in support of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance. Throughout the Marine Corps, Ospreys have been replacing CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, which made their Marine Corps debut during the Vietnam era.

The gesture of keeping the Ospreys grounded is a little silly: The Pentagon has already as much as blamed this year’s two Osprey crashes on pilot error, and it wouldn’t have sent 12 aircraft to Japan if it were worried its investigations might conclude the fleet was unsafe. So why not just fly them now and skip all the nonsense?

In deference to the international political sensibilities, no doubt, and also because it’s possible Japan is one of these hundreds upon hundreds of potential foreign buyers we keep hearing about. With the deck of public perception already stacked so heavily against it, the V-22 needs to account for itself flawlessly in the eyes of Tokyo, so its crews and the Marines stationed in Japan will just have to keep waiting before they can finally use it.

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Japanese bureaucrats working on job security. And seeing how much money they can get out of this.

Be easier to have CH-53s on station there to tame angry neighbors have MV-22s in Korea then.

It has nothing to do with aircraft safety, and everything to do with Okinawans pissed off about being treated like crap by Tokyo. So they raise a stink, Tokyo response with the “show” and a year from now, nothing will have changed on the island, or with the aircraft.

Here’s an idea. Pack up our assets and the last guy out switches off the light. Tell them they are on their own.

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This is about local politics, not safety. They would find an issue with the CH-53 too.

Exactly. a –53 crashed and killed 2 crew just last Thursday. Where are the protests of that aircraft from the Japanese?

A problem has arose as Marine Generals told the Japanese that only 3 V-22 Class A mishaps occurred, yet G2mil posted a list on-line of 23 Class A V-22 mishaps.

Time to move from Futenma to Schwab with all roteery and move all fix wing to kadena. should’ve been done years ago(my last time on the rock was 87. I was there when the ov-10 crashed next to futenmas runway-i was in gca room at time and heard the ejection seat fire off). if the groound units are being moved to guam so should the wing. if we need to be someplace it is korea…plenty of room at p’hang…maybe evern taegue-k2) but time t leave the rock(all services) and let okinawa lose the money WE provide. Okinawa H&S 3/8 75–76,MATCS-18,MATCS-18,80–81,86–87

“Not so, however, with the MV-22 Osprey’s inauspicious debut in Japan, where a cargo vessel docked this week to unload a dozen of the big birds that will sit on the ground until this fall. That’s when American commanders will show Japanese officials the results of investigations that conclude the aircraft are safe, and their crews can at last fly them from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to their fulltime homes down on Okinawa.”

Ah, so the issue is PURELY POLITICAL, not technical. The Japanese are simply objecting to the V-22 because of irrational fears.

And speaking of Okinawa, shouldn’t those Marine helicopter sqds based at Futenma be moved to Iwakuni?

If there’s one Pac host nation with more popular antipathy for our troops than the Japanese, it’s the Koreans. Let’s move back into Subic and Clark!

g2mil is a cesspool of disinformation and fabricated nonsense. That is why Carlton Meyer was banned from posting at military​.com. Anyone who believes what they read at Meyer’s blog should have their head examined. Meyer, who has zero tactical aviation experience and was RIF’d by the Marine Corps, should stick to ordering dental floss and toothbrushes for his wife’s dental practice.

Where in the U.S. Constitution is it permissible to do this? You keep drinking the Kool Aide coming from the Military Industrial Complex.

American losses in the land battle for Okinawa in WWII amounted to 7,374 killed, 31,807 wounded and 239 missing in action. At sea and in the air, the Navy reported 36 US ships sunk, 368 damaged, 763 aircraft lost to all causes, 4,907 seamen killed or missing in action and 4,824 wounded, Including my father. The U.S. bought and payed for Okinawa.

This is what’s known as Democracy.

Actually, that is not the best way to win over Okinawan… It simply says US occupied and has occupied Okinawa… but US has already returned Okinawa during 1970s.

It is true IJN and IJA lost Okinawa, but that is nothing, not related to this current situation.
And there are real and serious concern with Osprey among Japanese citizens,especially with the records of mishaps and deadly crash during its development.

The V-22 is neither plane nor chopper. It doesn’t fly like either (from a pilot’s perspective). It is thus inherently difficult to master. Its safety record is less than stellar. Its maintenance is both complex and costly. Yet, it’s overall capabilities are unmatched. I would rather see them used along our southern border (where population / residential density is low) and keep the 53’s in PAC until they are completely worn out. By then, perhaps we’ll have worked out all the last bugs in the Ospreys, have enough fully competent pilots, and will have secured our border(s).

The Japs need to shut up. We own them after WWII. We could have easily wiped them off the map but chose to allow their country to exist. We control Japan, we protect it, and we will do as we please.

They can’t be objecting beause of “irrational fears”. They can’t prnounce it: “illlnatinorr feals.…irlnatio…ill…”

Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’m sure they speak engrish better than I speak Japanese.

There you go being all rational.…

The British would not let their pilots under the rank of Major and with less than 4,000 fly the Harrier because the Harrier was or is an incredible aircraft to fly requiring highly skilled and highly experienced pilots. The Marines put new lieutenants in the cockpits with 400 hours and suffered multiple disasters in lost lives. The current Marine Osprey program seems to reflect something of the old Marine Harrier program.

When my son enlisted in the Marines I gave him strict orders to ignore any order to fight Israel and to not allow himself to be put on a Osprey flight manifest.

I’m an old airborne infantry guy who’s lived longer than I deserve, and I still love a good fight. Any liberal zombie who doesn’t like my words above…, pls bring it the ‘####’ on!

‘Common’, Your comments are really weird and your knowledge of history is distorted. Russia had more than 300,000 troops just 200 miles north of Japan in the summer of 45′ poised to enter Japan on order. The United States would not have easily taken Japan.


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