MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan -- Yesterday III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations Pacific completed the process of removing the CH-53E Super Stallion that conducted an emergency landing on Okinawa, Japan. Our Marines worked closely with local officials and Japanese police to remove the debris and clear all military equipment from the site before 9:00 pm. The Marines plan to return to the site next week to conduct a walk-through to ensure nothing was missed during the deteriorating weather conditions caused by the pending Typhoon Lan.
We express our sincere gratitude to the landowner for his patience and cooperation throughout the recovery process. He was gracious and kind, a shining example of the beautiful spirit of the people of Okinawa. We care equally as much about the safety of our friends and neighbors in the communities around which we live and operate, as we do about the Marines who fly and operate our aircraft.