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Ospreys to participate in disaster preparedness drills in Sasebo

  • August 26, 2016
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the city government of Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, announced on Aug. 25 that two U.S. Marine Osprey aircraft will participate in disaster preparedness drills to be conducted at a GSDF camp and on a remote island in the prefecture on Sept. 1. This is the first time for U.S. Marine Ospreys to take part in a disaster exercise conducted by a municipal government in Kyushu. The move is probably intended to demonstrate the safety of the Osprey because the GSDF plans to deploy the aircraft at Saga Airport starting in fiscal 2019 and negotiations with the local government are underway.

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