: Classifieds : MyJU :
Stories: News
Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

Ospreys May stop in Japan before Okinawa Deployment

Date Posted: 2012-03-15

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering bringing the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to mainland Japan before they are deployed in a U.S. Marine base in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.

As early as July, 12 Ospreys may be brought to U.S. bases and Japanese Self-Defense Forces bases on the Honshu island for flight tests. The move is apparently aimed at highlighting the safety of the Osprey as people in Okinawa are concerned about a series of crashes during the aircraft's development process.

Possible candidate sites for the temporary deployment include U.S. Yokota Air Base in Tokyo and a Marine air station in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, the sources said. Such a move has already drawn expected harsh response from local residents, and Iwakuni’s mayor speaking out with promises of fighting to block any agreements.

The issue may be discussed at a meeting within the week by senior foreign and defense officials from Japan and the United States. The U.S. Defense Department plans to deploy the Osprey at the Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan to replace the CH-46 helicopter, beginning with 12 aircraft in October. Another 12 Ospreys will be introduced later.

Browse News Stories: « Previous Story | Next Story »

weather currency health and beauty restaurants Yellowpages JU Blog

OkistyleOkistyleJU Facebook

Go to advertising PDF?||?|o?L?qAE?|?}?OA?N?ga`OkiStyle?A??q?qM?oeu^?I`??N?gX?<eth>?<ETH>?ni^?IWanted!!Golden Kings ScheduleOkiNightSeeker