Second Osprey Squadron Joins Marine Air Group in Hawaii
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — A second MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor squadron has been added to the Marine air group in Hawaii.
Seven MV-22Bs assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 (VMM-363) arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Kanoehe Bay, Hawaii, on July 7, according a July 7 posting of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.
They were transported from their former base of MCAS Miramar, California, on board the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, according to the July 10 Stars and Stripes newspaper. The squadron’s other five Ospreys are scheduled to arrive later in July.
VMM-363 joins VMM-268 at Kaneohe as part of the realignment of Marine Corps forces in the Pacific region. The two squadrons are part of Marine Aircraft Group 24, a group within the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. VMM-268 has been providing rotational detachments of Ospreys to the Marine force in Darwin Australia.
The 1st Marine Aircraft Wing also includes two Osprey squadrons based in Okinawa.