American military bases in Japan
Atsugi (Naval Air Facility Atsugi). The largest us Navy air base in the Pacific ocean. It is home to squadrons of the 5th air wing of carrier-based aircraft, which are based on the George Washington aircraft carrier. Atsugi is also home to anti-submarine helicopter Squadrons and the 4th air wing of the Japan Maritime self-defense force.
Misawa (Misawa Air Base). Misawa base is the only combined military facility in the Western Pacific. It houses units of three types of US armed forces: the army, Navy, and air force. The 35th fighter wing of the us Pacific air force is stationed at the air base. The security management center in Misawa is considered one of the largest ground stations of the global electronic intelligence system "Echelon".
Kadena (Kadena Air Base). Kadena base is the largest US air base in Japan. It is home to the 18th wing of the United States air force. Kadena is also home to the headquarters of the us naval operations command in Okinawa.
Yokota (Yokota Air Base). The US air force base is the main transshipment point of the American armed forces in the far East. It is home to the headquarters of the 5th air force of the United States and the United States armed forces in Japan. The 374th transport wing of the United States air force is stationed at Yokota.
United States Air Force bases in Japan:
- Kadena Air Base, Okinawa Prefecture
- Misawa Air Base, Misawa, Aomori
- Yokota Air Base, Tokyo
United States Navy bases in Japan:
- Naval Air Facility Atsugi
- Naval Forces Japan, Okinawa
- United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka
- United States Fleet Activities Sasebo
United States Marine Corps bases in Japan:
- Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa.
- Camp Courtney
- Camp Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture
- Camp Foster
- Camp Gonsalves (Jungle Warfare Training Center)
- Camp Hansen
- Camp Kinser
- Camp Lester
- Camp McTureous
- Camp Schwab
- Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa
- Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Kadena Air Base-Japan
The legendary super-air base on the island of Okinawa is a symbol of Japan's subordinate and humiliated position. For the land of the Rising sun, the Kadena air base is like an awl in a famous place – for almost 70 years, the debate over its closure has not stopped. Ethnobanditism and outrages of the American military contingent add fuel to the fire, after each resonant case, parents are afraid to let their children go outside, hundreds of thousands of demonstrations are raging under the walls of the air base, the Japanese government protests and somehow hesitantly, with a tremor in its voice, calls for the immediate elimination of Kadena.
As if teasing the Japanese, the Americans responded by equipping the second Misawa air base in the North of Honshu island (where 50 F-16 fighters and several squadrons of marine base aviation are based), the third Yokota air base (refueling and Airmobile command aircraft) , and the fourth Futemma air base for marine Corps aviation.
On the technical side, Kadena is a first-class airfield with two concrete runways 3700 meters long, built in 1945 using the free labor of occupied Japan. Currently, the 18th air wing is permanently based here – the largest and most powerful tactical unit of the US air force, fully armed with F-22 Raptor fighters and AWACS E-3 sentry aircraft. The main specialization is air combat.
Exercises in Japan in January 2020
Japan. On January 12, elite military units of Japan and the United States conducted a parachute landing exercise, simulating an operation on one of the remote islands in the East China Sea, which was allegedly captured by a mock enemy. According to the TV channel TBS, the training took place at the Narasino training ground, adjacent to Tokyo Prefecture from the northeast. The minister took part in them defense of Japan Taro Kono, who made a parachute jump from the 11th tower, used to practice the landing technique. The exercises involved the 1st Airborne Brigade of the Japanese Ground Forces, numbering about 2 thousand people, and units of the US special operations forces transferred from the southern island of Okinawa. The landing was carried out from a height of approximately 300 m. During the maneuvers, the combined Japanese-American forces "successfully recaptured" from the hypothetical enemy the temporarily captured island in the East China Sea, where Tokyo is in conflict with Beijing due to disputed territories and disagreements that arose during the delimitation of exclusive economic zones of the two countries.