Yomiuri: Fighter Jet Training Exercise Scheduled for Okinawa, Now Coming to Guam


Guam – Japanese media are reporting that a fighter jet training exercise will be moved to Guam at the end of this month, from the U.S. Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa where it was originally scheduled to take place.

The Daily Yomiuri quotes unnamed sources as saying that Japan and the United States agreed on Tuesday to shift the location of  the exercise to Guam. It is slated to begin on Monday October 31st.

The reason for the change, states the report, is to reduce the noise caused by the U.S. fighter jets in areas surrounding the Kadena base.

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The report says that the exercise involves fighter jets from the U.S. Marine Corps’ Iwakuni Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture. 20 F/A-18 fighter jets and about 400 personnel will participate in the exercise.

And it is possible that an another 2 jet training exercises will be moved from Okinawa to Guam by March of next year, according to the report.