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U.S. deploys Global Hawks to Japan, maintains stability of Indo-Asia-Pacific region

The RQ-4 Global Hawk takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 7, 2010. The Global Hawk's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection capability to support joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Nichelle Anderson)

The RQ-4 Global Hawk takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 7, 2010. The Global Hawk's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection capability to support joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Nichelle Anderson)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- The U.S. Air Force plans to deploy five RQ-4 Global Hawks and approximately 105 personnel, currently based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to Yokota Air Base, Japan, from May to October 2017.

Summer Global Hawk operations from Guam are adversely impacted by the frequency of inclement weather, including typhoon activities.

This rotational deployment of the Global Hawk is temporary but necessary to provide a base from which the platform can be reliably operated during the summer.

The United States continues to deploy its most advanced capabilities to Japan, including the Global Hawk, in keeping with our commitment to further contribute to the security of Japan and to the stability of the region.