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Noise pollution at Atsugi remains unchanged

The relocation of the source of noise pollution that has caused damage to the communities around U.S. Naval Air Facility Atsugi has begun in earnest. About 60 carrier-borne aircraft are scheduled for gradual relocation to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. However, the reality is that the relocation will not lead to the elimination of noise pollution. The USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, remains deployed at the U.S. Navy Yokosuka base. The NAF Atsugi commander has indicated that there will be no diminishment in the importance of NAF Atsugi even after the relocation. In August, the commander again reminded the communities in writing that after the relocation, carrier-based airplanes will “use the Atsugi facility whenever possible” for training, refueling and maintenance.


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