JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.102 August 2018

ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES

Multilateral Exercise Khaan Quest 18

Multilateral Exercise Khaan Quest 18

From June 14th to 28th, the JGSDF participated in Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 18 in Mongolia, co-sponsored by Mongolia and the U.S. This multilateral exercise is organized with the goal of improving various skills related to the UN peacekeeping operations as well as reinforcing mutual understanding and trust among participating countries. From various regions including the Asia Pacific and Europe, more than 20 countries took part in this exercise.

The JGSDF sent approx. 40 personnel from the Ground Component Command, and carried out field training related to the UN peacekeeping operations and command post exercise.

Malabar 2018

Malabar 2018

From June 8th to 16th, the JMSDF took part in Malabar 2018, a trilateral training exercise involving Japan, the U.S. and India conducted in Guam and surrounding the seas and airspace.

The aim of this training exercise is to improve the tactical skills of JMSDF units and promote mutual understanding and strengthen confidence between the JMSDF, the U.S. Navy and Indian Navy.

Approx. 870 personnel from the JMSDF as well as the DDH Ise, DD Fuyuzuki, DD Sazanami, five ship-based aircraft, SS Soryu and two fixed-wing patrol aircraft P-1 participated in anti-submarine, anti-ship, and anti-aircraft training drills.

RED FLAG-ALASKA

RED FLAG-ALASKA

From May 28th to June 30th, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) participated in a joint training exercise “RED FLAG-Alaska” conducted by the U.S. Air Force.

The exercise was conducted in Eielson Air Force Base, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska and surrounding seas and airspace of the bases. The aim of the training is to improve the tactical skills of units and joint Japan-U.S. response capabilities through joint exercises.

Approx. 300 personnel from the JASDF’s 6th Air Wing, Airborne Warning and Control Wing, and 1st Tactical Airlift Group participated in the training. These units mainly took part in air defense fighting drills, aerial refueling training, and tactical airlifting training.

The exercise was also joined by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

Courtesy Call by the Commander of U.S Indo-Pacific Command

Courtesy Call by the Commander of U.S Indo-Pacific Command

On June 21st, Minister Onodera received a courtesy call from Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

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