Oct 29, 2015

Saga Prefecture to allow survey for proposed SDF Osprey deployment

Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi said Thursday he will allow the central government to conduct surveys needed for the proposed deployment of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft at a local airport in the prefecture. Yamaguchi expressed his intention during talks with Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, who sought ...

U.S. Air Force plans Okinawa Osprey drills

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. Air Force plans Okinawa Osprey drills

The U.S. Air Force is considering conducting drills using CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft in Japan, including in Okinawa, it was learned Wednesday. On the day, the Defense Ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau presented to the prefecture documents prepared by the U.S. military, including drill plans ...

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

Oct 22, 2014

Japan to offer base in Chiba as U.S. Osprey maintenance depot

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday it will propose that the U.S. Marine Corps service its MV-22 Osprey aircraft at a Ground Self-Defense Force camp in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture. The gesture is seen as an attempt to ease the U.S. military burden on Okinawa Prefecture, ...

Defense minister seeks local support for Osprey deployment in Saga

Aug 25, 2014

Defense minister seeks local support for Osprey deployment in Saga

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera tried Monday to win over Saga Prefecture officials to his ministry’s plan to deploy V-22 Osprey transport aircraft at Saga Airport. The Self-Defense Forces plan to eventually deploy 17 of the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft there. In a meeting with Onodera ...

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Aug 19, 2014

Ospreys fly to Atsugi base again en route to training

Four MV-22 Osprey aircraft flew on Monday to the Atsugi air base, which is jointly used by the U.S. Navy and the Maritime Self-Defense Force, in Kanagawa Prefecture for the third time amid local protests. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft will conduct landing and takeoff ...

Jul 10, 2014

U.S. Osprey aircraft may fly to Shizuoka, Tokyo

United States Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft deployed to Okinawa Prefecture could head across the country to two U.S. bases in central and eastern Japan next week, Japanese defense and local officials said Thursday. It would be the Osprey’s first visit to Camp ...

Sep 24, 2013

Japan-U.S. exercise involving Ospreys to be held in Shiga

U.S. Osprey aircraft will be used Oct. 16 during an 11-day joint exercise with the Ground Self-Defense Force at a training area in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, Japanese officials said Tuesday. A senior Defense Ministry official said holding the exercise in Shiga will help reduce ...