Feb 24, 2017

Japan, U.S. to hold Honshu military drill using Osprey aircraft

Japan and the United States will hold joint military exercises using six Osprey transport aircraft on the main island of Honshu in March, the Ground Self-Defense Force said Thursday. The biannual drill, Forest Light, will be the first opportunity for the MV-22 planes to take ...

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 approval ...

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 in the ...

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 drills ...

Defense Ministry shelves proposal to shift U.S. Ospreys to Saga

/ Aug 9, 2014

Defense Ministry shelves proposal to shift U.S. Ospreys to Saga

The Defense Ministry has decided to lay aside a proposal to temporarily relocate the U.S. military's local MV-22 Osprey fleet to Saga Airport from Okinawa Prefecture, after the United States raised objections, a government source said Friday night. The U.S. reticence apparently stems from difficulties ...

Aug 8, 2014

U.S. reluctant to relocate Ospreys outside Okinawa

The United States has voiced reluctance over Japan's proposal to temporarily relocate MV-22 Osprey military transport aircraft from a U.S. base in Okinawa Prefecture to Saga airport, sources said Thursday. The United States cited reasons such as difficulties in redeploying troops and securing a training ...

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 Fuji ...