Drowning out shouts of "Osprey, go home," five U.S. transport tilt-rotor aircraft took off from Yokohama North Dock on April 5 for their eventual assignment home at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo.

The CV-22 Ospreys were unloaded at Yokohama North Dock the day before. The transport aircraft will be deployed at Yokota Air Base more than a year earlier than planned, leading to protests outside both Yokohama North Dock and Yokota Air Base.

The five Ospreys maneuvered to the southern edge of Yokohama North Dock at about 11 a.m. on April 5 and took off for the approximately 30-minute flight to Yokota.

The aircraft will leave the air base for a temporary assignment before returning to Yokota Air Base this summer for a more permanent deployment.

The U.S. military’s initial plan was to deploy the Ospreys at Yokota between October 2019 and September 2020, but the schedule has been moved up by more than a year. A total of 10 aircraft and about 450 personnel will be eventually deployed at Yokota to handle the Ospreys.