Global Hawks arrive at Yokota for 5-month deployment

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — An RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone landed at Yokota Air Base Monday night, marking the start of a five-month deployment to Tokyo.

Five of the large military drones and 105 personnel from Detachment 1, 69th Reconnaissance Group, will fly out of the home of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force from May until October, the Air Force said in a statement.

Detachment 1 commander Lt. Col. Jeremy Fields watched the plane swoop over the lights of the world’s largest city and land smoothly on a darkened runway. “We love coming to Japan,” he said just before the wheels hit the tarmac.

Detachment 1 is responsible for launching and landing the Global Hawks before handing remote control during missions to airmen at Grand Forks, N.D., and Beale Air Force Base, Calif., he said.

The drones and members of the

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