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Some fighter training moved from Okinawa

Date Posted: 2011-10-07

Mainland Japan-based U.S. jet fighters will soon be accomplishing their training outside Okinawa Prefecture.

Japan and the United States this week agreed to move training functions for U.S. fighter pilots deployed at the Iwakuni and Misawa air bases out of Okinawa Prefecture, and relocated to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The pact fleshes out details of a broader agreement reached by the two countries in January to relocate some fighter training functions at Kadena in order to address noise and other complaints from local residents.

The two countries also agreed that Japan will bear three-fourths of the relocation costs. The ratio will be reviewed every two years. Based on the agreement, training involving 20 FA-18 aircraft from Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, will begin at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam between Monday and the rest of this month. More training will take place there by March.

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