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Parachute drop training forcibly conducted at night

Parachute drop training forcibly conducted at night

Soldiers dropping into the base

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The U.S. military conducted drop training using parachutes around 7:30 p.m. on May 10 at Kadena Air Base. According to town officials, this is the first parachute drop training to be conducted at night since the Japan-US Special Action Committee on Okinawa was announced. Parachute training was also carried out on April 24, the first time since 2011. A group consisting of Kadena Town, Okinawa City, and Chatan Town has protested against the training, and it is expected to further fuel resentment from the surrounding residents.

The training was carried out a total of three times, in which approximately ten soldiers dropped from MC 130 special aircraft at about 2000-meters altitude. A couple of soldiers dropped every 15 minutes using parachutes to land on the green area between runways on the base. There were no materials dropped.

Both the US and Japanese governments agreed to relocate operations of the parachute training from Yomitan sub airfield to Iejima sub airfield during the SACO in 1996.

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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