RQ-4s began flying missions from Yokota AB, Japan, for
the first time last week. Five Global Hawks and 105 operations and
support personnel are deployed there from Andersen AFB, Guam, through
October to produce more efficient sorties during typhoon season. In previous years, the RQ-4s had deployed to Misawa AB, Japan,
for the same purpose, but the runway there is currently under repair,
according to a press release. The RPAs will support the ISR mission
throughout the Pacific Theater and will also be available for potential
disaster relief. In 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami devastated
northeast Japan, the Global Hawk supported Operation Tomadachi relief
efforts, flying continuously for 21 days and using its long-range and
infrared cameras to produce more than 3,000 pictures of the affected
areas, according to the release.
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