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MOD briefs Iwakuni mayor on additional deployment of F-35Bs at MCAS Iwakuni

  • August 26, 2020
  • , NHK
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NHK reported that a Ministry of Defense official briefed the mayor of Iwakuni on a plan to deploy 16 F-35B fighters to replace the 12 FA-18 fighters currently deployed at the base starting in October. Noting that 16 F-35Bs were deployed at Iwakuni three years ago, the network said the number of the stealth fighters at the base will reach 32, adding that it is undecided when the deployment will be completed. Iwakuni Mayor Fukuda reportedly pointed out that the number of military planes at Iwakuni will increase by four overall, and expressed concern about a possible increase in noise and called for concrete data on how much it will increase.

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