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Ospreys to Arrive at Yokota this Week, 2 Years Ahead of Schedule | Military.com
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Ospreys to Arrive at Yokota this Week, 2 Years Ahead of Schedule | Military.com

The Air Force has accelerated a plan to base CV-22 Ospreys in western Tokyo by announcing that the tiltrotor aircraft would arrive this week at the home of U.S. Forces Japan.

A Special Operations squadron of 10 Ospreys was due at Yokota in 2020; however, that schedule has been adjusted and five aircraft will be there later this week, the Air Force said in a statement Tuesday.

The arrival of the Ospreys — capable of taking off like helicopters, then tilting their rotors to fly long distances as fixed-wing aircraft — “addresses regional security concerns in line with the recently released 2018 National Defense Strategy and also provides a platform that can rapidly react to natural disasters or crises,” the statement said.

The Ospreys will remain at Yokota for a short time before leaving to train around the region over the next few months, the Air Force said.

Source: Ospreys to Arrive at Yokota this Week, 2 Years Ahead of Schedule | Military.com