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JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base

JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base
八戸航空基地
Hachinohe Koku-kichi
ICAO: RJSH
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Location Hachinohe, Japan
Elevation AMSL 152 ft / 46 m
Coordinates
Map
RJSH is located in Japan
RJSH
RJSH
Location in Japan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,250 7,382 Concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base (八戸航空基地 Hachinohe Kōkūkichi) (ICAO: RJSH) is a military aerodrome of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. It is located 3.0 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) northwest[1] of Hachinohe in the Aomori Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan.

Contents

  • Operations 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Operations

JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base is currently the headquarters of the JMSDF Fleet Air Wing 2, which is equipped with Kawasaki-Lockheed P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and which is responsible for patrols of the seaward approaches to northern Japan. Aircraft are regularly dispatched to forward airfields in Hokkaidō, and in wintertime, conduct patrols of drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk. JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base is adjacent to JGSDF Camp Hachinohe, and is also in close geographic proximity to Misawa Air Base housing Japan Air Self-Defense Force and United States Air Force units. JMSDF Hachinohe is also the home base for the JMSDF Mobile Construction Group, the Japanese military's equivalent to the American Seabees.

History

JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base was initially founded as a training field for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in 1941. On the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II, the air field was occupied by the United States Army. Between 1945 and 1950, it continued in operation by the United States Army under the name Camp Haugen.[2][3]

With the start of the Korean War in 1950, the base was turned over to the Japanese National Police Reserve, the immediate predecessor to the Japan Defense Agency. With the final withdrawal of American forces from Hachinohe in 1956, the base was officially designated JGSDF Camp Hachinohe of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) established a presence from 1957, and the JMSDF Hachinohe Air Wing was renamed Fleet Air Wing Two in 1961. The wing was initially equipped with Lockheed P-2 Neptune, later transitioning to Kawasaki P-2J Neptune aircraft.

In 1963, American authorities banned civilian air traffic to UH-60J helicopter operations were transferred to JMSDF Ōminato Air Station.

References

  1. ^ a b AIS Japan
  2. ^ Camp Haugen, Honshu Japan. 517th R.C.T. Reunion November 21, 1948
  3. ^ Col. Orin D. "Hard Rock" Haugen

External links

  • official home page
  • Global Security Database
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