July 19, 2016

Hirono Dedicates Hawaii’s First U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey Hangar

HONOLULU- Senator Mazie K. Hirono delivered the keynote address at today's dedication of the new MV-22 Hangar at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. The ceremony marked the opening of the first of two hangers that will serve as the permanent homes to two MV-22 Osprey squadrons. Senator Hirono is the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, which overseas Marine Corps and Navy budgets and programs.

“Hawaii plays a critical role in our national security, and this role will only grow as we continue our Rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific,” said Senator Hirono. “The MV-22 Hangar dedicated today provides a state-of-the-art platform to maintain and deploy Osprey throughout the Pacific region. The construction of this hangar facility ensures that our men and women in uniform are equipped to take on the challenges facing our military in 21st century."

In May, Senator Hirono successfully included provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act that provide close to $200 million to improve military installations in Hawaii.

Hangar Ceremony

Left to Right: Andy Snow, Contrack Watts Inc., JoAnne Fittante, Senator Schatz representative, Colonel Sean Killeen, U.S. Marine Corps, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Captain Richard Hayes, U.S. Navy, and Kahu Likeke Papa help untie the ceremonial maile lei at the official opening of the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Hangar.

MKH in Osprey

Left to Right: MV-22 Osprey pilot Captain Manuel Torres, Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Marine Corps Base Hawaii Commander Colonel Sean Killeen tour the interior of the multi-purpose aircraft.