facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Okinawa opposes Osprey deployment

July 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
CAMP FOSTER, Japan, July 9 (UPI) -- Okinawa government officials said they have asked Tokyo to stop the deployment of a second squadron of U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft to the island.

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima made the plea to Fumio Kishida, the minister of foreign affairs, Monday, and plans to meet with Japan's defense minister Tuesday during a visit to the capital, Stars and Stripes said.

The appeal comes after the Marine Corps confirmed last month that a dozen MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft would arrive for testing at the Marine Corps Air Station near Hiroshima at the end of July.

After the testing, the Ospreys would be permanently deployed to Okinawa, Stars and Stripes said.

The arrival of the first squadron last fall sparked months of protests over safety concerns and Nakaima told Kishida Monday those worries have not been addressed.

Early last year, two Marines were killed in an Osprey crash in Africa and Air Force members were injured in another crash in Florida.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit
2
Taliban fighter who survived 2012 attack sentenced to death Taliban fighter who survived 2012 attack sentenced to death
3
Wisconsin police chief states he thinks marijuana should be legal Wisconsin police chief states he thinks marijuana should be legal
4
Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm
5
Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback