The island of Oahu, Hawaii, is preparing for standard operations with the US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor transport / assault aircraft. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of nearby Honolulu has just been given a deal worth 62.5 million dollars to construct a hangar, parking apron and taxiway to support one MV-22 squadron at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, better known as Kaneohe Bay on the eastern shore of the island.
The multi-story modified aircraft maintenance hangar will provide a weather protected shelter for inspection, service and maintenance. The high bay aircraft maintenance hangar will be steel frame construction with a standing seam metal roof installed over a steel metal deck. The hangar’s second floor administrative space will be steel framed with metal deck and concrete fill, according to the US Department of Defense’s contract overview. The work is expected to be completed by January 2017.
Already in 2012 the US DoD decided to base up to two Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) squadrons, each flying up to a dozen Bell/Boeing MV-22 Ospreys, and one Marine Light Attack Helicopter (HMLA) squadron with 15 AH-1W Super Cobra attack and 12 UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters. Kaneohe’s Marine Air Group 24 currently consists of HMLA-367 plus HMH-463 flying the Sikorsky CH-53E. With Sea Stallion operations winding down, the Ospreys will step in.
Source: US DoD / USMC
Featured image: The future for the US Marines at Oahu, Hawaii, is already reality for Camp Pendleton in California. Seen heer on 28 January 2015 are Marines of the 1st Medical Battalion transferring a simulated casualty onto an MV-22 Osprey during an en-route care exercise (Image © Sgt. Laura Gauna / US Marine Corps)