JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.74

SPECIAL FEATURE

Establishment of the New 9th Air Wing

Establishment of the New 9th Air Wing
Establishment of the New 9th Air Wing
Establishment of the New 9th Air Wing

On January 31st, the 9th Air Wing was newly established at the Naha Air Base in order to enhance the defense posture in the southwestern region amid an increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan.

The 304th Fighter Squadron was transferred to the Naha Air Base from the 8th Air Wing (Tsuiki Air Base). Along with this, the 83rd Air Wing (Naha Air Base) was abolished. Accordingly, the “the 9th Air Wing” was newly established, and it was the first time in approximately 50 years since the establishment of the 8th Air Wing in 1964. The Naha Air Base now hosts two F-15 fighter squadrons.

On the same day, the commemoration ceremony for the establishment of the 9th Air Wing was held at the Naha Air Base. State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya attended. The 304th Fighter Squadron, the 204th Fighter Squadron, and the Southwestern Air Support Unit flew over for commemoration. In addition, the commemorative flyover by the Blue Impulse added grace to the ceremony.

Establishment of the New 9th Air Wing
Establishment of the New 9th Air Wing
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