20 Jun 2012

CNMI's Saipan is Air Force's 'preferred' divert airfield

12:55 pm on 20 June 2012

The airfield on Saipan in the Northern Marianas has been listed as the preferred divert or contingency airfield for the U.S. Air Force if access to Guam's Andersen Air Force Base is limited or denied.

Tinian was listed as preferred alternative two in the 110-page assessment for Proposed Divert Activities and Exercises, Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

The Air Force considered four locations: Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

But an evaluation of the four possible site alternatives identified Saipan and Tinian as meeting or have the ability to meet most of the five selection standards.