Ministry of Defense Agreement with a development company that owns the majority of the island through the acquisition of Magejima, November 30, 7:31
The Ministry of Defense will acquire about 16 billion yen with the development company that owns the majority of the island, over Mago Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, which is scheduled to be acquired as a transfer destination for US military aircraft carrier training in Japan A certain agreement was reached.
The Ministry of Defense is a development company that owns the majority of the island in order to acquire Magejima in Nishinoomote City, Kagoshima Prefecture as a relocation destination for U.S. military aircraft carrier aircraft taking off and landing on Iwo Jima in the Ogasawara Islands. The discussion continued.
As a result, we have reached a certain agreement on the 29th by acquiring it for approximately 16 billion yen.
In the future, the Ministry of Defense intends to make adjustments for the acquisition and prepare facilities that can be used jointly by the Self-Defense Forces and the US military.
Regarding Magejima, the US side strongly urged that training facilities be established at an early stage, saying that Iwo Jima is far from the mainland and it is difficult to ensure the safety of crew members.
What is an aircraft carrier landing training?
The training that repeats “touch and go” where an American aircraft carrier-based aircraft takes the runway on the ground as the deck of the aircraft carrier and takes off immediately after landing is called “FCLP”.
The deck of the aircraft carrier is as short as 300 meters, and high technology and training are required for the ship-borne aircraft to safely land on the sea. FCLP is performed before leaving the port.
Currently, the aircraft carrier of the nuclear aircraft carrier “Ronald Reagan” based in Yokosuka is conducting FCLP on Iwo Jima in the Ogasawara Islands once or twice a year.
Each training lasts about 10 days, from daytime to midnight.
The Ministry of Defense states that FCLP is indispensable for the US military to use the aircraft carrier as a deterrent, and continues to provide training facilities.
Half a century of bending
FCLP = aircraft carrier-borne landing training began at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture and Iwakuni Air Base in Yamaguchi Prefecture with the US military aircraft carrier deployed in Yokosuka in 1973.
However, because they are far away, training in Atsugi Base in Kanagawa Prefecture began in 1982, and noise damage caused by night training in particular became serious, and a class lawsuit calling for injunctive flights from neighboring residents also occurred. It was.
The US side also requested that an alternative training ground be secured, and from 1991, the Japanese government made Iwo Island in the Ogasawara Islands a training ground as a temporary measure.
However, the United States requested that a further training area be secured because Iwo Jima is far away and training is limited.
Later, in 2006, when the carrier-based aircraft was decided to relocate from Atsugi to Iwakuni, permanent training was provided in 2011 by the US-Japan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense, “2 + 2” joint statement. Negotiations have been continued as it is clearly stated that Mage Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, which is relatively close to Iwakuni Base, will be considered.