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USFJ to host JGSDF aviation experts for information exchange

18-001 | Jan. 31, 2018

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - United States Forces, Japan has coordinated with the Ministry of Defense to conduct an information exchange at MCAS Futenma February 1 with aircraft maintenance experts from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. The purpose of the visit is to share technical information related to AH-1 and UH-1 helicopter maintenance procedures.


Maintenance experts at MCAS Futenma will provide JGSDF engineers more detail regarding the mechanical issues that led to three recent precautionary landings in Okinawa, and the steps that US forces took following those events to address those issues and ensure continued safe flight operations.


USFJ is confident in the safety and reliability of all US aircraft operating in Japan and the efforts of our aircrews and maintenance personnel to conduct safe flying operations. We believe that the information exchange on Thursday will provide our alliance partners with the necessary technical information, confirm the thoroughness of the US military's maintenance procedures, and reassure the Japanese people of our robust commitment to flight safety.









  • United States Forces, Japan
  • USFJ Public Affairs Office (J021)
  • Yokota Air Base, Japan
  • Phone:(042) 551-5924
  • pacom.yokota.usfj.mbx.media@mail.mil