The first US Marine Corps’ (USMC) V-22 Osprey aircraft has been inducted to undergo maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

The aircraft has been inducted at Fleet Readiness Centre (FRC) Western Pacific’s (WESTPAC) Japanese partner NIPPI’s facility in Yamato, Japan.

Since 2015, the V-22 maintenance contract has been supported by another Japanese company Subaru. The company is responsible for handling the service needs for the aircraft fleet located outside the continental US.

FRC WESTPAC commanding officer lieutenant colonel Kevin Ryan said: “With multiple contractors supporting the V-22 Osprey, FRC WESTPAC can guarantee that all future aircraft inductions will be the best overall value for the U.S. Government in terms of cost, aircraft turnaround time and quality of maintenance performed.

“Our goal here at FRC WESTPAC is to rapidly repair and return safe, mission-ready aircraft to the fleet so they have the warfighting capabilities to win, and at a cost conducive to the U.S. government.”

The MV-22B Osprey aircraft, which has been inducted for MRO, is operated by the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265.

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VMM 265, also called Dragons, uses the aircraft for supplying assault support equipment, supplies and combat troops to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

NIPPI has experience of working on the US Navy and USMC’s 14,000 aircraft.

Apart from the newly awarded V-22 contract, NIPPI is also working on FRC WESTPAC’s four other aviation maintenance contracts including the Hughes H-1, F/A-18 Hornet and H-60 aircraft.