Years After Troubling Report, Osprey Readiness Remains A Challenge

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Lyman

Nearly two years since a report found evidence that the Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey was not mission ready due to a high operational tempo, the Corps has made significant efforts to try to turn that around. In 2013, a classified report from the Defense Department Inspector General found that the ready status of the Ospreys at six squadrons was being reported incorrectly the majority of the time. The report also found that readiness for the Osprey ranged from 45 to 58% from 2009 to 2011.

Since that time, the Marine Corps has introduced policies and training aimed at improving record keeping and maintenance training, said Maj. Paul Greenberg, a spokesman for Marine aviation at the Pentagon. From July 2014 to June 2015, the Osprey’s mission-capable rate has increased to 62% for stateside aircraft and 71% for deployed squadrons.

"We have confidence in the professionalism of our Marine pilots and maintainers, but realize there is always room for improvement," Greenberg told Marine Corps Times. "A major component of improvement is enhancing our aviation maintenance training, to include better record keeping."

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Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.

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Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

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In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.

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