U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft were deployed Monday to a base in Okinawa amid strong public opposition.

Despite persistent safety concerns, the first tilt-rotor transport aircraft arrived at the Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, located in a densely populated area in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, from a base in southwestern Japan.

A day after police forcibly removed local residents and activists who staged a sit-in protest in front of the Futenma base gates, six Ospreys departed from the Marines’ Iwakuni air base in Yamaguchi Prefecture in the morning.

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