Cargo ship carrying Osprey aircraft departs U.S. port for Iwakuni

July 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 2 government officials reported that the cargo ship carrying the MV-22 Osprey vertical take-off and landing transport aircraft, which will be deployed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, departed from San Diego, California, and is heading for U.S. Iwakuni base, in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Osprey aircraft will temporarily stay at the Iwakuni base. After the cargo ship carrying a dozen of the aircraft passes through Hawaii, it will arrive at the Iwakuni base in late July.

Members of Rimpeace, a citizens’ group that monitors the movement of U.S. forces in Japan, speculate that the cargo ship Green Ridge carrying the Osprey aircraft that departed from the North Island Naval Base, San Diego on July 1. The next port call for the cargo ship will be Hawaii. The Green Ridge operates between the West Coast of the United States and Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan and South Korea, and mainly transports materials and equipment for the U.S. military. Its length is 200 meters, its beam is 32 meters and it has a gross tonnage of 57449 tons and a deadweight of 21523 tons.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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