Images: MV-22 Ospreys arrive at MCAS Iwakuni [Image 7 of 7]
Photo by Sgt. Daniel Brown
Lt. Col. William L. Dupue Jr., Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 commanding officer, addresses his Marines July 24, 2012, congratulating them on a successful and smooth unloading of 12 MV-22 Ospreys from the civilian freight ship, Green Ridge, the previous day at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni harbor. This marks the first MV-22 Osprey aircraft deployment to Japan and a milestone in the Marine Corps' process of replacing CH-46E helicopters with the MV-22 Osprey, a highly-capable, tilt-rotor aircraft which combines the vertical capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft.