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U.S. Marine Plans To Base Ospreys At Futenma Opposed By Okinawa Officials

June 06 2011


The Marine Corps has confirmed it will replace helicopters based at Futenma air station in Okinawa with MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, reports the Stars and Stripes.

Ospreys could arrive in Okinawa as soon as 2013 as part of efforts to replace the Corps' aging fleet of CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, according to a statement released last week by the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan.

However, the Okinawa government vigorously opposes the move,...

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