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Carrier Air Wing 5 begins return to Atsugi

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 21, 2011

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A U.S. Navy air wing that relocated from Atsugi to Guam to make room for U.S. military relief operations in Japan began returning home Thursday, according to the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet.

The 38 fixed-wing tactical aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 5, which are attached to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, are expected to complete the transition back to Naval Air Facility Atsugi within about three days, 7th Fleet spokesman Jeff Davis said Thursday.

The wing left Atsugi for Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base on March 17 to make room for military relief aircraft. It continued its typical training schedule while staying at the air base, according to Davis.

Meanwhile, the helicopters attached to the wing relocated to Misawa Air Base in the wake of Japan’s worst disaster in generations so they could take part in relief efforts. They returned to Atsugi earlier this month.

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