Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC) is inducting its first United States Marine Corps V-22 Osprey with Japanese industrial partner, NIPPI Corporation, for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services at their facility in Yamato, Japan. The aircraft entering maintenance is a MV-22B Osprey belonging to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265), the “Dragons.” Their mission is to provide assault support transport of combat troops, supplies, and equipment in support of the Marine Air-ground Task Force. NIPPI Corporation joins the new contract, which Subaru Corporation has been supporting FRC WESTPAC V-22 maintenance since 2015, to handle the maintenance requirement for the Osprey fleet located Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS). FRC WESTPAC’s customer base is mainly concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region, but can include any U.S. Navy or Marine Corps aircraft located around the world.
“FRC WESTPAC is very excited to be inducting this aircraft today, and adding another commercial partner to support V-22 planned maintenance interval (PMI) events in the region,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Ryan, Commanding Officer, FRC WESTPAC. “NIPPI Corporation has demonstrated their maintenance expertise on multiple other aircraft lines for FRC WESTPAC and we anticipate we will see the same quality output for the V-22 line.”
“With multiple contractors supporting the V-22 Osprey, FRC WESTPAC can guarantee that all future aircraft inductions will be the best overall value for the U.S. Government in terms of cost, aircraft turnaround time, and quality of maintenance performed,” said LtCol Ryan. “Our goal here at FRC WESTPAC is to rapidly repair and return safe, mission-ready aircraft to the fleet so they have the warfighting capabilities to win, and at a cost conducive to the U.S. government.”
As a new awardee on FRC WESTPAC’s maintenance contract, NIPPI Corporation was allocated nine months to ready their facility and prepare their plan for maintenance of the aircraft. These requirements included; a facility with the necessary space and safety systems in place, an outline of manning capabilities with the appropriate technical expertise, a working supply chain or means of acquiring materials, amongst other necessities. The nine month period began on July 1, 2021 when the contract took effect. On December 17, 2021, nearly three months ahead of schedule, NIPPI Corporation received final sign off from the U.S. government stating they had met the requirements to induct an aircraft. Thanks to NIPPI Corporation’s accelerated stand up time, the company was able to compete for the next aircraft scheduled to induct, which they subsequently won, and are currently in the process of inducting.
When asked about the upcoming induction NIPPI leadership responded, “NIPPI is proud to be providing this capability for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and we look forward to starting the scheduled maintenance event on this first V-22 aircraft.”
“FRC WESTPAC’s industrial partners are ready, willing, and more than capable of producing the world-class quality aircraft that our customers need for future operations. With their support, FRC WESTPAC will continue to positively impact fleet readiness across the Naval Aviation Enterprise for years to come,” said LtCol Ryan.
All induction proposals are reviewed and evaluated by Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka, FRC WESTPAC’s contracting authority, who in turn awards the maintenance workload. Assuming the V-22 maintenance contract reaches its maximum lifecycle, both NIPPI Corporation and Subaru Corporation will continue to compete until the contract expires on 31 December 2030. NIPPI Corporation is a trusted, longtime partner of the United States government, servicing military aircraft since the early 1950s. To date, NIPPI Corporation has worked on over 14,000 aircraft for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. FRC WESTPAC currently has four aviation maintenance contracts with NIPPI for scheduled maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. These contracts include the H-1, H-60, F-18, and the newly awarded V-22.