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Osprey capabilities showcased to senior military leadership

By Cpl. Adam B. Miller | III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | August 04, 2014

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MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft fly past Mount Suribachi July 28 at Iwo To, Japan, en route to Chichi Jima. Due to Chichi Jima’s remote location, the residents rely heavily on nearby Iwo To for medical and humanitarian relief. Given the long-range, heavy-lift capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for response to future medical, humanitarian and relief needs. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft fly past Mount Suribachi July 28 at Iwo To, Japan, en route to Chichi Jima. Due to Chichi Jima’s remote location, the residents rely heavily on nearby Iwo To for medical and humanitarian relief. Given the long-range, heavy-lift capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for response to future medical, humanitarian and relief needs. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Thor Larson)


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MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft fly past Mount Suribachi July 28 at Iwo To, Japan, en route to Chichi Jima. Due to Chichi Jima’s remote location, the residents rely heavily on nearby Iwo To for medical and humanitarian relief. Given the long-range, heavy-lift capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for response to future medical, humanitarian and relief needs. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft fly past Mount Suribachi July 28 at Iwo To, Japan, en route to Chichi Jima. Due to Chichi Jima’s remote location, the residents rely heavily on nearby Iwo To for medical and humanitarian relief. Given the long-range, heavy-lift capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for response to future medical, humanitarian and relief needs. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Thor Larson)


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From left to right, Kenji Wakamiya, Yukimi Sasaki, Kazuo Morishita, Itsunori Onodera, U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Wissler and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano pose for a photo July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan. Onodera, Wakamiya, Kawano and Wissler arrived to Chichi Jima via an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to demonstrate the long-range and quick response capabilities of the aircraft in the event of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. Wakamiya is the parliamentary vice minister of defense. Morishita is the Ogasawara village mayor, and Sasaki is the chairman of the Ogasawara village assembly. Onodera is the minister of defense for Japan. Kawano is the chief of staff for the JMSDF, and Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF.

From left to right, Kenji Wakamiya, Yukimi Sasaki, Kazuo Morishita, Itsunori Onodera, U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Wissler and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano pose for a photo July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan. Onodera, Wakamiya, Kawano and Wissler arrived to Chichi Jima via an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to demonstrate the long-range and quick response capabilities of the aircraft in the event of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. Wakamiya is the parliamentary vice minister of defense. Morishita is the Ogasawara village mayor, and Sasaki is the chairman of the Ogasawara village assembly. Onodera is the minister of defense for Japan. Kawano is the chief of staff for the JMSDF, and Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF. (Photo by Adam Miller)


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From left to right, Lt. Gen. John Wissler, Kazuo Morishita and Itsunori Onodera pose for a photo July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan. Onodera and Wissler arrived to the remote island via an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to demonstrate the long-range and quick response capabilities of the aircraft in the event of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. They also spoke with the Ogasawara village assembly to discuss Japan’s future acquisition of Ospreys. Given the capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for future response to medical, humanitarian and relief needs. Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Morishita is the Ogasawara village mayor, and Onodera is the minister of defense for Japan.

From left to right, Lt. Gen. John Wissler, Kazuo Morishita and Itsunori Onodera pose for a photo July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan. Onodera and Wissler arrived to the remote island via an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to demonstrate the long-range and quick response capabilities of the aircraft in the event of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. They also spoke with the Ogasawara village assembly to discuss Japan’s future acquisition of Ospreys. Given the capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for future response to medical, humanitarian and relief needs. Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Morishita is the Ogasawara village mayor, and Onodera is the minister of defense for Japan. (Photo by Adam Miller)


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Ogasawara village assembly members greet senior military officials with the U.S. and Japan upon their arrival July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan. The officials flew into the remote island to demonstrate the long-range and quick response capabilities of the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. Given the capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for future response to medical, humanitarian and relief needs. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Ogasawara village assembly members greet senior military officials with the U.S. and Japan upon their arrival July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan. The officials flew into the remote island to demonstrate the long-range and quick response capabilities of the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. Given the capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for future response to medical, humanitarian and relief needs. The Ospreys and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Adam Miller)


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Itsunori Onodera, far right, Lt. Gen. John Wissler, second from right, and members of the Ministry of Defense for Japan exit an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan. Onodera and Wissler arrived via Osprey to demonstrate the long-range and quick response capabilities of the aircraft in the event of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. Due to Chichi Jima’s remote location, the residents rely heavily on nearby Iwo To for medical and humanitarian relief. Given the capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, it provides a reliable and effective means for responding to future medical, humanitarian and relief needs. Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Onodera is the minister of defense for Japan. The Osprey and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF.

Itsunori Onodera, far right, Lt. Gen. John Wissler, second from right, and members of the Ministry of Defense for Japan exit an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan. Onodera and Wissler arrived via Osprey to demonstrate the long-range and quick response capabilities of the aircraft in the event of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. Due to Chichi Jima’s remote location, the residents rely heavily on nearby Iwo To for medical and humanitarian relief. Given the capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, it provides a reliable and effective means for responding to future medical, humanitarian and relief needs. Wissler is the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force. Onodera is the minister of defense for Japan. The Osprey and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF. (Photo by Adam Miller)


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An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies over the open sea between Iwo To and Chichi Jima, Japan, July 29. The Osprey flew to Iwo To and Chichi Jima to demonstrate the far-reaching and quick response capabilities of the aircraft. Given the capabilities of the MV-22B Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, it provides a reliable and effective means for response to future medical or humanitarian and relief needs for remote locations throughout Japan. The Osprey and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies over the open sea between Iwo To and Chichi Jima, Japan, July 29. The Osprey flew to Iwo To and Chichi Jima to demonstrate the far-reaching and quick response capabilities of the aircraft. Given the capabilities of the MV-22B Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, it provides a reliable and effective means for response to future medical or humanitarian and relief needs for remote locations throughout Japan. The Osprey and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Adam Miller)


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An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies past Mount Suribachi July 28 at Iwo To, Japan, en route to Chichi Jima. Due to Chichi Jima’s remote location, the residents rely heavily on nearby Iwo To for medical and humanitarian relief. Given the long-range, heavy-lift capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for response to future medical, humanitarian and relief needs. The Osprey and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

An MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies past Mount Suribachi July 28 at Iwo To, Japan, en route to Chichi Jima. Due to Chichi Jima’s remote location, the residents rely heavily on nearby Iwo To for medical and humanitarian relief. Given the long-range, heavy-lift capabilities of the Osprey, which have been consistently demonstrated during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations and exercises around the Asia-Pacific, the aircraft provides a reliable and effective means for response to future medical, humanitarian and relief needs. The Osprey and crew are with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo by Adam Miller)


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CHICHI JIMA, OGASAWARA ISLANDS, Japan -- Senior military leaders with the U.S. and Japan met with Ogasawara village officials July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan, to discuss the benefits of the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for the people of Japan.

The minister of defense for Japan, members of his staff and U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Wissler along with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force officials arrived on the remote island via Osprey to demonstrate the far-reaching and quick response capabilities of the aircraft in the event of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

“We were welcomed with a large banner that said ‘Ospreys, welcome to Chichi Jima’ once we arrived,” said U.S. Marine Maj. Benjamin J. Debardeleben, the executive officer of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “They were very excited to see the reach the (Ospreys) provide. They can give them assistance in the case a tsunami, typhoon or any type of emergency.”

The Osprey has been designed to the most stringent safety, reliability, readiness, all-weather operations, survivability, crash worthiness, and performance requirements of any rotary wing aircraft ever built, according to the V-22 Osprey Guidebook. Its large payload capacity over long distances positions it to support numerous missions worldwide.

“The Ogasawara Islands actually do not have any airports or runways,” said Itsunori Onodera, the minister of defense. “If we try to transfer patients by ship, it will take 25 hours. (However), if we can use something like the Osprey, which I flew in today, for transporting emergency patients, we can transfer them within two to three hours from the Ogasawara Islands to the helipads at the hospitals on mainland Japan.”

The Osprey’s mission radius is 600 nautical miles, fully loaded. Its maximum cruise speed is 443 kilometers per hour, and the aircraft is capable of travelling from Okinawa to Tokyo, approximately 1,500 kilometers apart, in 3 hours and 45 minutes.

“This means we can save more lives,” said Odonera. “We believe that this is important to have such equipment for life-saving purposes and in the event of a disaster.”

The aircraft received praise and admiration for its unique design and unlimited potential from dignitaries from both nations.

“It can fly farther, it can fly faster and it can carry more,” said U.S. Marine Maj. Giuseppe A. Stavale, a Japan foreign area officer and law enforcement integration and antiterrorism force protection officer with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, 1st MAW, III MEF. “When you look at the Japan archipelago, you can see that it has many islands that are a part of the four main islands of Japan. Those smaller islands may not have the resources or the level of care that Japan has on the mainland, so those levels of resources, or those gaps in the resources, are exacerbated when a storm happens or some other kind of natural disaster.”

Much of the Japanese island populous are dependent on the abilities of the Japan Self-Defense Force to assist during evacuations or bring aid during times of distress, according to Stavale, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native. New defense program guidelines announced by the government of Japan note that they will purchase the aircraft and base them at Saga prefecture. This new capability will dramatically change the reaction time for JSDF personnel when responding to HADR events.

“We as the Ministry of Defense, would like to plan to include the purchase of Ospreys in our next year’s budget,” said Odonera. “We haven’t come to our final decision on the models yet and we will consider the number of aircraft to purchase by the end of next month because we have to estimate our budget by then.”
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