Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Eight of the 10 Ospreys that had been parked at Iwakuni Air Base in Yamaguchi Prefecture arrived at the Futenma base midmorning. The other two are expected to fly there shortly.
Earlier in the morning, the marine corps abruptly announced the resumption of the additional deployment of 12 Ospreys, which had been suspended since a U.S. military helicopter crashed at Camp Hansen in Okinawa on Aug. 5. Two arrived at the Futenma base on Aug. 3.
Angered by the restart of the deployment only a week after the accident, local citizens and other protesters held a rally in front of the base’s so-called Nodake gate, located in a densely populated area of the city. Some sat on the road to block access to the gate.
The resumption “comes at a time when safety concerns over U.S. military planes have been heightened among people in Okinawa and is very regrettable,” Okinawa Deputy Gov. Kurayoshi Takara told reporters.
Comment: BTW, the kind of osprey (pictured above) are welcome in Okinawa any time. The kind that frequent military bases, not so much...