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Futenma-based aircraft fly into Naha Military Port

The Tuesday editions of Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported that the Okinawa prefectural government has filed a protest with the Okinawa Defense Bureau over the recent flight to Naha Military Port by a CH-53E helicopter and three MV-22 Ospreys belonging to MCAS Futenma on the grounds that a bilateral agreement states that the Naha facility should primarily be used as a “port and oil storage facility” as it is located close to Naha Airport and a residential area. The prefectural government reportedly insisted that the flights cannot be overlooked as they caused anxiety among citizens. The bureau reportedly said in reply that it does not take issue with the flights as the U.S. military has explained that they constituted “normal operations.”

 

In follow-up reports today, the papers wrote that the four Futenma aircraft were loaded onto the car carrier Green Lake at the military port yesterday for shipment to the United States, where they are scheduled to undergo maintenance.

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