The US Department of Defense has announced a delay in stationing a US Air Force special operations squadron of CV-22 Osprey tiltotor aircraft in Japan.
The first three CV-22s had been expected to arrive at Yokota Air Base in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2017. The DoD now expects their permanent arrival in FY2020, by which time a total of ten aircraft will be deployed.
According to a DoD statement: “The deployment of tiltrotor aircraft will provide increased capability for US Special Operations forces to respond quickly to crises and contingencies in Japan and across the Asia-Pacific region, including humanitarian crises and natural disasters. It will also increase interoperability, enhance operational co-operation, and promote stronger defense relations with the Japan Self-Defense Forces.”