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Installation Overview --Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan

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Installation Overview --Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan

The General MacArthur Memorial at the Main Gate of NAF Atsugi.

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The 1,249 acres of Naval Air Facility Atsugi lies in the heart of the Kanto Plain on Honshu, the main island of Japan. NAF Atsugi has been home to Sailors and their families for nearly 60 years and the only permanently forward deployed, co-located Air Wing, Carrier Air Wing Five for more than 28 years. It is the largest United States Navy air base in the Pacific Ocean and houses the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 5, which deploys with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73).

The Base is divided into two areas: individual mission operating areas for exclusive use by each nation, and a joint area for administrative functions.

The base was built in 1938, by the Japanese Imperial Navy as the Kamikaze Naval Air Base. On August 15, 1945, Japan announced its unconditional surrender. On August 30, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur landed with 8,000 troops at Atsugi to accept the formal surrender and assume the duties as military Governor of Japan. For several years, the Army used the base as a storage area. In 1950, at the outset of the Korean War, the Navy selected/commissioned Atsugi as its major naval air station in the Far East and base restoration and development immediately began. At the height of the Korean War, more than 250 aircraft flew daily from Atsugi. After the War, NAS Atsugi began downsizing. At this time, the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) became base partners, sharing the facilities at NAF Atsugi.

The mission of NAF Atsugi is to provide facilities, services, material and logistics support for U.S. Navy aviation operations for Carrier Air Wing 5.

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