National Dec 8, 2016

Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter jet retrieved off Japan

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force rescue boat on Thursday retrieved the pilot of a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 that crashed into the Pacific off western Japan the previous day, according to the Defense Ministry. The condition of the pilot, who is set to be sent ...

Marines lay fatal Oahu Osprey crash mainly to pilot error

World Nov 24, 2015

Marines lay fatal Oahu Osprey crash mainly to pilot error

The U.S. Marine Corps said Monday that pilot error was the main cause of the fatal crash of an MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft in Hawaii in May. "The investigation found the main contributing factors to this mishap were pilot performance and an improper site survey" of ...

National 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 ...

National Apr 1, 2015

U.S. returns housing area to Okinawa

The United States has returned a 51-hectare housing area of Camp Zukeran in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, as part of a 2013 agreement to reduce the prefecture's burden from hosting U.S. military bases. The move on Tuesday represents the second U.S. land return under the agreement, ...

National Oct 8, 2013

Japan, U.S. to use Ospreys for first time in exercise

U.S. Marine Corps and Ground Self-Defense Force personnel began a joint exercise Tuesday in Shiga Prefecture. During the exercise, which will last through Oct. 18 in the Aibano Training Area, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft will be used for the first time in a ...