First USMC V-22 inducted for MRO services at Yamato plant in Japan
The first US Marine Corps (USMC) V-22 Osprey aircraft was inducted undergo maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
The aircraft was inducted into Japanese partner NIPPI’s Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Western Pacific (WESTPAC) facility in Yamato, Japan.
Since 2015, the V-22 maintenance contract has been supported by another Japanese company Subaru. The company is responsible for managing service needs for the fleet of aircraft located outside of the continental United States.
Lt. Col. Kevin Ryan, FRC WESTPAC Commander, said, “With multiple contractors supporting the V-22 Osprey, FRC WESTPAC can ensure that all future aircraft inductions will be the best overall value to the U.S. government. in terms of cost, aircraft lead time and quality. maintenance performed.
“Our goal here at FRC WESTPAC is to quickly repair and return safe, mission-ready aircraft to the fleet so they have the combat capabilities necessary to win, and at a cost favorable to the U.S. government.”
The MV-22B Osprey aircraft, which was inducted for the MRO, is operated by Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265.
VMM 265, also called Dragons, uses the aircraft to provide assault support equipment, supplies and combat troops to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
NIPPI has experience working on all 14,000 US Navy and USMC aircraft.
In addition to the newly awarded V-22 contract, NIPPI is also working on FRC WESTPAC’s four other aircraft maintenance contracts, including the Hughes H-1, F/A-18 Hornet and H-60 aircraft.