Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1,000 Sailors from Navy Air Wing, and Their Planes, Re-locating to Guam, From Japan

Guam News - Guam News

Guam - Joint Region Marianas Spokesperson Lt. Jodie Cornell says that about 1,000 Sailors with the Navy's Carrier Air Wing 5 are being transferred from Naval Air Station Atsugi to Guam.

The Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 have been flying into Andersen Air Force Base since Thursday. More Naval personnel began arriving Friday and Saturday.

Lt. Cornell said she does not know yet how long they will be here. And she says, right now, no dependants are coming to Guam with the Air Wing.

All of the Naval personnel will be staying at 11 Tumon Hotels. One of those hotels is the Pacific Island's Club. PIC General Manager Bart Jackson told PNC News Friday that DoD had booked rooms there.

According to a release from, the re-location is part of what the Navy calls a "force posture adjustment" for Operation Tomodachi, which is the name of the U.S. humanitarian assistance program in support of  disaster wracked Japan.

The release explains that the reason for the relocation is to make room for other aircraft needed to support relief efforts.

Carrier Wing 5 is part of the George Washington carrier strike group which had been assigned to the Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan.

The air wing's SH-60 Seahawk helicopters and C-2 Greyhound aircraft will remain in Japan to support the disaster relief mission. The F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-6B Prowler and E-2C Hawkeye aircraft will temporarily relocate to Guam, where they will be ready to respond to support operations and contingencies throughout the Western Pacific region.

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