Ukibaru Jima Range
Located in Katsuren town, Ukibaru Jima Range is a temporary facility agreed under Article 2 paragraph 4(b) of SOFA. It is also jointly used by Japan's Self Defense Force and the U.S. military.
Helicopter crews and pararescuemen from the 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan sharpened their search-and-rescue skills along with their Japanese counterparts during Cope Angel 2000, held in December 2000 at locations on and around Okinawa. The training included both day and night rescue operations at various locations, including Naha Air Base, Kadena, Ukibaru, Ukijima training area and in the airspace and waters surrounding Okinawa. The "Jolly Greens" of the 33rd joined the Naha Air Rescue Squadron of the Japan Air Self Defense Force to test joint operations during the four-day air rescue and mass casualty training exercise. Cope Angel 2000 marked the nineteenth time the two units had trained together since the exercise was first held in 1979. Practicing peacetime rescue operations with the Naha Air Rescue Squadron allows the 33rd flight crews to solve problems such as communication barriers, unfamiliar call signs and varying procedures, while Pararescuemen from both units practiced life-saving medical skills, learned new skills, and improved communications.
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