Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Iwakuni to approve transfer of 15 air refueling aircraft from Futenma | GlobalPost

Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda said Monday he will accept the central government's plan to move all of the 15 military aerial refueling tankers at a U.S. base in Okinawa to one in his western Japan city between next June and September.

"I've reinforced my desire to do what we can to reduce risks surrounding the Futenma base," Fukuda told the city assembly, indicating he will accept the plan to transfer the KC-130 tankers to the U.S. Marine Corps Iwakuni base.

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Comment: It's like they're looking for ways to waste money in the middle of a great economic recession depression! First we reported just a few days ago that U.S. fighter jets stationed in Okinawa would be flying all the way to Aomori Prefecture in Northern Honshu to do training and now they've announced that they're moving the tanker aircraft from Okinawa to Iwakuni in Western Honshu. WTF??? Those tanker aircraft are specially designed to refuel Marine and Navy aircraft. So how are all the helicopters stationed in Okinawa supposed to get refueled in flight? It means that tankers will now have to fly special missions from Iwakuni to do it.

 Only the government could come up with something this screwed up....

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