Thursday, September 26, 2013

U.S. completes deployment of additional Osprey aircraft in Okinawa | GlobalPost

The last of an additional batch of MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft being deployed in Japan flew Wednesday from a U.S. air base in western Japan to Okinawa Prefecture.

The last Osprey joined the 11 others in the batch that arrived last month at the U.S. Marines' Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, Okinawa, where opposition to their deployment remains strong due to safety concerns. Twelve Ospreys were deployed at the Futenma base last October.

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima voiced concern Wednesday, saying the deployment of Ospreys "should not be concentrated in Okinawa but dispersed throughout Japan."

"The anxiety of Okinawan people has not been dispelled" regarding the Ospreys, Nakaima told reporters.

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