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Relocation of U.S. carrier-borne aircraft from Atsugi to Iwakuni to begin

Saturday morning’s Yomiuri reported that the Chugoku-Shikoku Defense Bureau informed Yamaguchi Prefecture and Iwakuni City on Friday that the relocation of U.S. carrier-borne aircraft units from Atsugi AB to MCAS Iwakuni will begin around Aug. 6. According to the bureau, five E-2D early warning aircraft will be relocated to Iwakuni first, followed by the phased transfer of 61 aircraft in total. The paper said 48 FA-18 airplanes will be transferred to Iwakuni this November and next May, adding that after the relocation, 120 U.S. aircraft will be stationed at MCAS Iwakuni, the largest number in the Far East.

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