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AIR SW-Area Naha

Last modified: 13 May 2018, submitted by: Joker

Country: Japan    Region: Okinawa

Locale: Naha

Latitude: 26° 11' 39" N     Longitude: 127° 38' 34" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


Naha airbase is the military part of Naha airport OKinawa.
It is the onlly Main Operating Base in the SW-Area hosting Airforce as wel as Naval and Army Aviation units

AIR Units:
- Southwest Composite Air Div.
- 83 Air WIng; 204 Sqn (F-15J/DJ, T-4)
- Southwest Aircraft Control & Warning Grp
- 5 Air Defence Missile Grp Hq
- 5th Air Def Msl Grp (Patriot PAC2) Firing Unit 17 at grid 26 11' 40" N 127 38' 31" E
PATRIOT system was initially a surface-to-air guided missile system to counter airborne threats. Japan introduced thesystem in 1989
PATRIOT PAC-2(UG), developed after the Gulf War,had limited capability to intercept ballistic missiles. Japan introduced PAC-2(UG) system in 1996
PATRIOT PAC-3 system has enhanced capability to intercept ballistic missiles and is designed to intercept SRBM and MRBM in the terminal phase of a ballistic missile at 10+km altitude.

A Patriot Fire Unit protects an area of several tens of kms in radius. It is mobile and deployed according to the situation.
It consists of an Engagement Control Station, a Radar Set, an Antenna Mast Group, a Power Plant and 5 launchers with 4 missiles per launcher

- GRND 15 Bde / 15th Aviation Sq, flying UH-60JA and CH-47J/JA helicopters and LR-2 airplanes

NAV Units:
- Fleet AIr Wing 5
-- Patrol Sq 5 (2 flights P-3C Orion)
-- Maintenance and Supply Sq 5
-- Air Station Naha base ops

GRND Units:at grid 2615'25"N 12741'48"E
- 15th Brigade HQ
- 51st Infantry Regiment
- 15th Reconnaissance Company
- 15th Combat Engineer Company,
- 15th Signal Company,
- 15th NBC-defense Company,
- 101st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company,
- 15th Logistic Support Battalion,

Dislocated GRND units:
- 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment, (Yaese)

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