Post Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:57 pm

Naval Air Facility Atsugi

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Located in Kanagawa Prefecture, NAF Atsugi is the largest United States Navy Air Base in the Pacific, housing Carrier Air Wing 5 for the USS George Washington (CVN-73). Also located on base is Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 51 (Warlords), which provides detachments of SH-60R helicopters forward deployed to the Guided Missile Cruisers (CG), Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG), and Frigates (FFG) homeported at Naval Base Yokosuka. Despite it's name, the base is actually four nautical miles outside of the actual city of Atsugi. In 2012 HSM-77 Saberhawks and HSC-12 Golden Falcons were shifted from Naval Air Station North Island, California to Atsugi Air Base.

At present elements of 1-227 First Attack will remain here to provide Close Air Support for Task Force Safeguard, as well as house elements of the AI Weapons Development Team Echo, specifically the Archers. Elements of 2Bn. 8th Cav will provide site security with M-1A3SEP Abrams tanks and LM-7A1D C. sastrei and LM-45A1 C. belli Tank-like Lancers.
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