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Additional F-35B deployment at MCAS Iwakuni may increase U.S. military aircraft operations in Okinawa

  • August 27, 2020
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the Ministry of Defense notified the governments of Yamaguchi Prefecture and Iwakuni City on Wednesday that the U.S. military is planning to deploy 16 F-35B fighters to replace the 12 FA-18 fighters currently deployed at MCAS Iwakuni starting in October. Noting that Iwakuni-based F-35Bs have frequently visited Kadena Air Base and MCAS Futenma and conducted takeoff and landing training on Iejima Island, the paper wrote that the additional F-35B deployment at Iwakuni may increase U.S. military aircraft operations in Okinawa, including training on Iejima.

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