US military conducts parachute drop training ignoring local objections
March 3, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 16 shortly after 5 p.m., the U.S. Air Force conducted parachute drop training over the water at Tsuken Island Training Area in Uruma City. Okinawa Prefecture and Uruma City have repeatedly requested the cancellation of parachute drop training over the water. However, the U.S. military continues to conduct training ignoring local demands and claiming that Tsuken Island is an approved training area.
Around 5 p.m., a U.S. Air Force Special Operations MC-130 aircraft dropped at least three parachutes into the water.
The Okinawa Defense Bureau notified the City, neighboring municipalities and fishery cooperatives in advance about the plan to carry out training on the water surface on both days of the 16th and 17th.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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