Kadena AB

Okinawa , Ryukyu Island

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Nearby locationsKmBearing
MCAS Futenma , Okinawa Island 8.7188ROTM
Camp Courtney , Okinawa Island 10.1063
Camp Hansen , Okinawa Island 18.9050
Naha , Ryukyu Island 20.9214ROAH
Iejima auxiliary airbase , Okinawa 41.9359RODE
Amami , 300.4039RJKA



  Kadena AFB


1945 to present

26° 21' 6.12'' N     127° 46' 8.39'' E
Okinawa, Japan, Okinawa, Ryukyu Island
ICAO: RODN IATA: DNA
Elevation: 143 feet





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  List of units at Kadena AFB




Years Unit
2019-    US 21st SOSV-22 Osprey,
2003-    US 31st RQS
1972US 36 RQS
1971-    US 33 RQSHH-60W Jolly Green II, S-70 H-60, S-65 H-53, H-43 Huskie, S-61 H-3,
1952/54US 34th WPSS-55 H-19,



  Kadena AFB News


Pacific Air Forces Upgrades to HH-60W

Pacific Air Forces Upgrades to HH-60W

04-Feb-24 - The US Air Force’s 33d Rescue Squadron, stationed at Kadena AFB in Japan, has initiated the transition from the HH-60G Pave Hawk to the new HH-60W Jolly Green II. The 33 RQS is responsible for providing combat search and rescue (CSAR) in the Indo-Pacific region #Japan
Kadena AFB Retires Pave Hawk 401

Kadena AFB Retires Pave Hawk 401

04-Jul-21 - After 28 years of service, the US Air Force retires the Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk #26401 which served in Kadena, Japan in the search and rescue mission since 1993. Will now be used as a ground instructional training aircraft #PaveHawk401
USAF Activates New Osprey Squadron in Japan

USAF Activates New Osprey Squadron in Japan

18-Jul-19 - The USAF has re-activated two Special Operations Squadrons in Japan that will operate and maintain the CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, the 21st SOS at Kadena AFB and the 753rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Yokota AFB. Both part of the 353rd Special Operations Group #SpecialOperations
Kadena Pave Hawk Save Downed Osprey Crew

Kadena Pave Hawk Save Downed Osprey Crew

15-Dec-16 - USAF 33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons based at Kadena AFB, Japan rescued five crew of a Marine VMM-265 squadron MV-22B Osprey after an emergency landing into the Pacific Ocean near Camp Schwab off Okinawa
US/Japan Disaster Response Exercise in Okinawa

US/Japan Disaster Response Exercise in Okinawa

05-Sep-15 - USAF 18th Wing participated for the first time in a bilateral disaster response exercise alongside Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Okinawa Prefectural Government at Atta Port
33rd RQS Return Home After Japan Earthquake

33rd RQS Return Home After Japan Earthquake

06-Apr-11 - Members of the USAF 33rd Rescue Squadron were welcomed home after spending nearly a month supporting relief efforts in mainland Japan



List of aircraft and events at Kadena AFB


By Date | By Serial | By Model

DatesOrg/TypeUnit
2001-oct-22 HH-60G 91-26354 / ZZ

2004-sep-15 HH-60G 91-26401 / ZZ

2011-apr-04 USAF HH-60G 91-26403
2011-oct HMM-262 CH-46F 156440

2012-apr USAF HH-60G 89-26207
2012-apr-16 USN SA330J N330JF

2013-may-14 VMM-265 /EP-08 MV-22B 168031
2013-may-14 VMM-265 /EP-04 MV-22B 168221

2014-jan-20 visitVMM-265 MV-22B 168217
2014-jan-20 visitVMM-265 MV-22B 168219

2015-nov-24 VMM-265 MV-22B 168220
2015-nov-24 VMM-265 MV-22B 168221

2019-jun 21st SOS CV-22B 13-0067
2019-jun-03 USAF HH-60G 89-26211

2020 33 RQS HH-60G 92-26467
2020-jul-22 USAF HH-60G 92-26467

2021-jun 33 RQS HH-60G 91-26401

2023-sep-18 USMC MV-22B 168659
2023-dec-14 USMC CH-53E 164777

2024-jan-17 USAF HH-60G 91-26403
2024-jan-26 33 RQS HH-60W 21-14513
2024-jan-26 33 RQS HH-60W 21-14517



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