Three MV-22 Ospreys Arrive on Guam From Okinawa for Training Exercise

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Guam – The Marine Corps has announced that three MV-22 Ospreys have arrived on Guam for a training this week in conjunction with the ongoing Operation Forager Fury 2012 exercise.

READ the release from the Marine Corps below:

MV-22 OSPREYS COMPLETE LANDMARK DEPLOYMENT TO GUAM

NAVAL COMPUTER AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AREA MASTER STATION, Guam – Marine Corps Aviation hit another significant landmark yesterday with the successful deployment of three MV-22 Ospreys across 1500 nautical miles in just over five hours from Okinawa, Japan to Guam. The aircraft arrived at Andersen Air Force Base at 5:09 p.m.

The aircraft are participating in the Marine Aircraft Group -12 (MAG-12) exercise FORAGER FURY 2012 (FF12).

The MV-22s from Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW), III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) completed the simulated “assault support” mission with four F/A-18 Hornets and KC-130J from Aerial Refueling Transport Squadron 152 (VMGR-152), 1st MAW, III MEF.

The MV-22s linked up with a VMGR-152 KC-130J about 850 nautical miles into the flight, southwest of Iwo Jima, to aerial refuel en route to Guam.

The flight from Okinawa enabled 1st MAW to simulate safe flight passage through 500 nm of permissive territory free of enemy threats, and 200 nm of hostile territory with four F/A-18s providing realistic replication of enemy aircraft. 

This event reinforces Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) integration and exercises maneuver to an objective from over the horizon. Lessons learned from this exercise will enable the Marine Corps to refine the tactical application of MV-22s in support of current and future contingency operations in the Asia-Pacific area.

During FF 12, Anderson AFB will serve as the MAG-12 forward operating base and will be the venue for the MAG-12 operations center. Training on Tinian’s West Field includes emplacement of arresting gear and fuel storage/distribution for purposes of extending aviation training throughout the MIRC.

FF 12 provides an excellent opportunity for Marine forces to demonstrate their ability to displace rapidly and generate significant combat power in an expeditionary environment. Additionally, FF 12 will allow MAG-12 to improve aviation combat integration across all echelons of the Marine Air Ground Task Force and heighten expeditionary readiness.

The inclusion of three MV-22B Ospreys from VMM-265 provides a unique opportunity for MAG-12 to incorporate the diverse capabilities of the aircraft into MAG-level exercises.

This is the first exercise that the Ospreys have participated in since they have replaced our aging CH-46 helicopters in Okinawa and it is important that the MAW execute the unique capabilities that the MV-22 brings.

The MV-22 is a highly capable aircraft with an excellent operational safety record. The aircraft combines the vertical capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. With its proprotors in vertical position, it can take-off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, its proprotors can be rotated to transition the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.

The MV-22 was chosen to replace the CH-46 to introduce a revolutionary change in capabilities absent in helicopters – a leap forward in speed, payload and range. When compared to a CH-46, the MV-22 is roughly twice as fast, can carry nearly three times the payload and has approximately four times the combat radius. Additionally, the MV-22 has the ability to operate at much higher altitudes and refuel while airborne.

The vertical take-off and landing capability of the MV-22, combined with increased speed and extended range enables the squadron to provide assault support transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment during expeditionary, joint or combined operations. Training enables the squadron to respond to short-notice, worldwide employment in support of Marine Air-Ground Task Force operations.

Since October 2003, MV-22s have successfully assisted in humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations in Haiti, participated in the recovery of a downed U.S. pilot in Libya, supported combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and conducted multiple Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployments.

MV-22 aircraft will operate primarily out of Andersen AB, but will execute missions throughout the MIRC and Northern Marianna Islands in order to exercise the diverse capabilities the aircraft brings to the MAW.