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Okinawa government lodges protest with U.S. Marines over parts falling off Osprey

  • August 26, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times wrote that the chief of the office of Okinawa governor visited Camp Foster on Wednesday and lodged a protest with Col. Neil Owens, director of Marine Corps Installations Pacific Government and External Affairs, over the recent  incident in which parts fell off a Futenma-based MV-22 Osprey during flight. The Okinawa official called on the Marines to suspend all flights by Ospreys stationed at MCAS Futenma until the cause of the incident is determined by saying that the local government has grave concerns about the Marines’ safety management and maintenance and inspection systems. According to the Okinawa official, Col. Owens told him that the Marines resumed Osprey operations after conducting safety inspections, adding that their training is necessary from the standpoint of maintaining troop readiness. Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar report.

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