News: U.S. MARINES TO MAKE HISTORIC LANDING OF MV-22 TILT-ROTOR OSPREY ON JAPANESE NAVY SHIPS
Story by 1st Lt. Garth Langley
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Marines from Marine Medium Tilt-rotor Squadron 161 (VMM-161), Marine Aircraft Group-16, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade to demonstrate the versatile capabilities of the MV-22 Tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft aboard Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces ships for the first time off of the Southern California coast, June 14.
MV-22 Osprey aircraft commanded by Lt. Col. Bradley J. Harms, will fly from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar along with Brig. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general, 1st MEB and Japanese leaders from the Japanese Self Defense Forces and land aboard the JS Shimokita and JS Hyuga.
After landing aboard the JS Hyuga, crews will demonstrate the utility of the MV-22 and conduct a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) demonstration; shut-down, tow procedures, lower and raising in the ship’s elevator before flying ashore. U.S. Navy and Marine conducted familiarization training with Japanese crews in preparation of the landings, June 3-11.
"The very first landing of an MV-22 Osprey on a Japanese ship is a historic moment for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Marine Corps at large. Dawn Blitz provides us an opportunity to enhance our longstanding relationship with the Japanese and to highlight the capabilities of the MV-22 Osprey, which allows the Marine Corps to quickly respond to a crisis when launched from sea or land." – Brig. Gen. John Broadmeadow, 1st MEB commanding general.
Introduction of the Osprey into the Asia-Pacific region allows the U.S. to deliver to its allies, the unprecedented capabilities the Marine Corps brings with its MV-22’s in terms of range, lift, and speed. The first twelve MV-22s arrived at Iwakuni, Japan on July 23, 2012. The deployment of the MV-22 to Japan is critical to the United States' fulfillment of its responsibilities under the mutual security treaty.
Japan and the United States have worked together building a strategic alliance that has been the cornerstone of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.The training builds on a lasting relationship between the U.S. and Japan spanning 66 years.
More than 5,000 total forces from the U.S., Canada, Japan and New Zealand are participating in the third iteration of the amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz taking place across Southern California, June 11-28.
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