Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Okinawa expresses concern as more Ospreys deployed to Futenma - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Two additional U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft landed at Air Station Futenma in Okinawa Prefecture on Aug. 3, greeted by protesters denouncing their deployment to a base situated in a crowded residential area.

A male protester in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of obstructing executive officers after he scuffled with police at a base gate, marking the first time an arrest has been made in connection with rallies against the contentious Osprey deployment.

The two tilt-rotor aircraft arrived from U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture around 4:30 p.m. after a two-hour flight, adding to the existing fleet of 12 units. Ten more are expected to be assigned to the base in Ginowan, bringing the total to 24.

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Comment: Good thing that it wasn't an Osprey that crashed yesterday...

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