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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa — Runway repairs have been completed and fixed wing aircraft returned to the base Monday, according to Marine Corps Bases Japan public affairs.

The 9,000-foot runway has been closed to fixed-wing aircraft since Jan. 10 for repairs that included rubber removal, sealing concrete joints, repairing or replacing concrete, regrooving and repainting.

While the repairs were under way, Marine Corps KC-130s, UC-35s and UC-12s, aircraft normally based at Futenma, temporarily operated out of Kadena Air Base.

When the repairs were announced in January, Marines were quick to say moving the planes to Kadena temporarily did not indicate the air base was a suitable relocation site for Marine air operations, as some Japanese officials contend in the ongoing debate over where to eventually relocate the units when Futenma is closed.

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