Fleet Readiness Heart Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC) is inducting its first United States Marine Corps V-22 Osprey with Japanese industrial associate, NIPPI Company, for upkeep, restore, and overhaul (MRO) companies at their facility in Yamato, Japan. The plane getting into upkeep is a MV-22B Osprey belonging to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265), the “Dragons.” Their mission is to supply assault assist transport of fight troops, provides, and gear in assist of the Marine Air-ground Job Drive. NIPPI Company joins the brand new contract, which Subaru Company has been supporting FRC WESTPAC V-22 upkeep since 2015, to deal with the upkeep requirement for the Osprey fleet positioned Outdoors of the Continental United States (OCONUS). FRC WESTPAC’s buyer base is especially concentrated within the Asia-Pacific area, however can embrace any U.S. Navy or Marine Corps plane positioned all over the world.

“FRC WESTPAC may be very excited to be inducting this plane right this moment, and including one other business associate to assist V-22 deliberate upkeep interval (PMI) occasions within the area,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Ryan, Commanding Officer, FRC WESTPAC. “NIPPI Company has demonstrated their upkeep experience on a number of different plane traces for FRC WESTPAC and we anticipate we are going to see the identical high quality output for the V-22 line.”


“With a number of contractors supporting the V-22 Osprey, FRC WESTPAC can assure that each one future plane inductions would be the greatest general worth for the U.S. Authorities by way of price, plane turnaround time, and high quality of upkeep carried out,” stated LtCol Ryan. “Our purpose right here at FRC WESTPAC is to quickly restore and return protected, mission-ready plane to the fleet so that they have the warfighting capabilities to win, and at a value conducive to the U.S. authorities.”

As a brand new awardee on FRC WESTPAC’s upkeep contract, NIPPI Company was allotted 9 months to prepared their facility and put together their plan for upkeep of the plane. These necessities included; a facility with the required area and security methods in place, a top level view of manning capabilities with the suitable technical experience, a working provide chain or technique of buying supplies, amongst different requirements. The 9 month interval started on July 1, 2021 when the contract took impact. On December 17, 2021, almost three months forward of schedule, NIPPI Company acquired remaining log out from the U.S. authorities stating that they had met the necessities to induct an plane. Due to NIPPI Company’s accelerated rise up time, the corporate was capable of compete for the subsequent plane scheduled to induct, which they subsequently received, and are presently within the means of inducting.

When requested in regards to the upcoming induction NIPPI management responded, “NIPPI is proud to be offering this functionality for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and we look ahead to beginning the scheduled upkeep occasion on this primary V-22 plane.”

“FRC WESTPAC’s industrial companions are prepared, keen, and greater than able to producing the world-class high quality plane that our clients want for future operations. With their assist, FRC WESTPAC will proceed to positively affect fleet readiness throughout the Naval Aviation Enterprise for years to return,” stated LtCol Ryan.

All induction proposals are reviewed and evaluated by Fleet Logistics Heart Yokosuka, FRC WESTPAC’s contracting authority, who in flip awards the upkeep workload. Assuming the V-22 upkeep contract reaches its most lifecycle, each NIPPI Company and Subaru Company will proceed to compete till the contract expires on 31 December 2030. NIPPI Company is a trusted, longtime associate of the US authorities, servicing army plane for the reason that early Fifties. Thus far, NIPPI Company has labored on over 14,000 plane for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. FRC WESTPAC presently has 4 aviation upkeep contracts with NIPPI for scheduled upkeep, restore, and overhaul companies. These contracts embrace the H-1, H-60, F-18, and the newly awarded V-22.

A V-22 Osprey lately flown from Okinawa, Japan is quickly parked on the flight line at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan whereas remaining induction coordination happens between FRC WESTPAC, NIPPI Company, and the flight crew of VMM-265. The plane will bear its scheduled depot-level upkeep in NIPPI Company’s aviation upkeep facility. (photograph by FRC WESTPAC Public Affairs)