Futenma Ospreys Can Be Sent To Senkakus: Top Marine

Futenma Ospreys can be sent to Senkakus: top MarineThe commanding general of U.S. Marine forces in Okinawa, Lt. Gen. John Wissler, told Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima in a meeting Tuesday that MV-22 Osprey aircraft stationed at the Marines' Futenma Air Station could be dispatched to the disputed Senkaku Islands if needed.

"That aircraft has the ability to reach the Senkakus, should we need to support any sort of Japan-U.S. security treaty," Wissler said during the meeting open to the media.

Wissler's comment is thought to reflect the recent intensification of Chinese activities in the East China Sea, including intrusions by China Coast Guard vessels into the waters around the Japanese-controlled islets, which China claims and calls Diaoyu.