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U.S. employs “double standard” in reducing Osprey training

  • May 6, 2017
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Saturday morning’s Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo took up the USMC’s decision to reduce the number of Osprey drills at Upolu Airport on Hawaii Island after residents complained about hundreds of flight operations there. In basing the MV-22s in Hawaii, the Marines’ original environmental impact statement specified that flight operations at Upolu would be limited to 25 per year. However, Hawaii logged more than 800 Osprey and other helicopter operations at the airport in the first three months of this year alone. The Okinawa dailies said the U.S. military is apparently employing a “double standard” since it has refused to curtail Osprey operations in the southernmost prefecture despite repeated protests and complaints from local residents.  

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