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Marine Corps V-22s arrive in Japan

23rd July 2012 - 15:33 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


The controversial deployment of MV-22 Ospreys to Japan has begun with the arrival of the first 12 aircraft in country.

The tiltrotor aircraft arrived by cargo ship into Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on 23 July, and their offload was closely co-ordinated with the Japanese government.

The basing of the Osprey in Japan has been a highly controversial subject and the arrival of the aircraft was met by protests from people concerned by the aircraft's safety record following recent crashes of the type in the United States and in Morocco.

The Marines Corps says that the MV-22 Ospreys will not

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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