U.S. Marines land Osprey aircraft on Japanese ship
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft has made an unprecedented landing on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast.
The aircraft flew from San Diego to the Japanese ship Hyuga June 14 as part of an 18-day drill aimed at improving Japan’s amphibious capabilities.
The Osprey has sparked protests in Japan over concerns about its safety record. There were two crashes last year, in Florida and Morocco.
The Japanese government approved the deployment of 12 Ospreys in 2012 to Okinawa after receiving additional assurances from the Pentagon.
Military officials say the Osprey is critical for regional security efforts. The hybrid aircraft can take off and land like a helicopter. AP