When a group of U.S. Marines crashed their helicopter performing an emergency landing on the beaches of Okinawa, they knew just what they needed to bring it back to base: an even bigger helicopter.
The UH-1Y Venom from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing made a “preventive landing” just after 4 p.m. Saturday, when a warning light flared indicating excessive speed in the main rotor, Stars and Stripes reported. There were no injuries in the landing and the aircraft didn’t catch fire.
The incident was followed by yet another emergency landing Monday under almost identical circumstances. An AH-1Z Viper assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma landed in a grassy area after a warning light turned on. No one was injured and authorities expect to fly the craft back to base on its own power.
The U.S. military base in Okinawa Japan houses 26,000 troops and is one of the major pillars of Japan’s alliance with America, but it has become point of tension for the local populace. Locals have long been pushing for it to be moved to a less-populated area or off the island entirely. (RELATED: Here Are The Top 10 Photos Of US Marines From 2017)
The barbers on the island went on strike in December over contract disputes, forcing Marines to take desperate measures to stay within grooming requirements. The Marines on the island confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation that barbers were on strike, and some had to resort barracks cuts.
“I had to get a barracks cut for the first time in years to get promoted,” a Marine on the base told TheDCNF.
A “barracks cut” is a term Marines use to describe hair cuts the war fighters give each other in the barracks. Seeing most Marines are not skilled barbers, barracks cuts are usually easily identified and their Marine recipients publicly mocked.
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