Anti-Osprey group to disband

Defining its group as having “served a certain mission,” a major opponent to the Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys says it’s calling it quits.

The organizing committee of the group which rallied against last year’s deployment of the tilt-rotor Ospreys to Okinawa was comprised of representatives of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly and other municipal bodies.  It held a protest rally last September 9th that attracted an estimated 100,000 participants to voice opposition to the Ospreys coming to Futenma Marine Corps Air Station.  The group argued the transport aircraft’s safety record was questionable.

The Ospreys were deployed despite the protests.  The committee is split on what to do next.  Some members are proposing creating another organization to continue fighting against the MV-22 Osprey deployments at Futenma.