Transfer of command of UNDOF transport unit in the Golan Heights

Members of the 31st and 32nd Units
1. Members of the 31st and 32nd Units     2. The 31st and 32nd Units greeted by UNDOF commander
3. Signing ceremony between the captains of the 31st and 32nd Units for the changeover of command

The SDF has engaged in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) with the dispatch of a transport unit (32nd transport unit) to the Golan Heights. On September 2, command was transferred from the 31st transport unit (Chief: Major Keitaro Shido) in the Golan Heights to the 32nd transport unit. The 32nd transport unit, with 43 personnel, commenced transportation activities and other duties on the Golan Heights. The key personnel of the 32nd transport unit (10th Division) are GSDF Major Shigehiro Noshita (Chief), GSDF Captain Naoyoshi Tamura (Deputy Chief), GSDF Captain Shinya Miyazaki (Leader), and GSDF Captain Masanao Ishihara (Leader of the transport unit detachment).

Transfer of command of the unit dispatched to MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti)

Captain Yasutatsu Adachi of the 4th Unit
Captain Yasutatsu Adachi of the 4th Unit
SDF repairing the levee at a camp for disaster victims,which was destroyed by heavy rainfall
SDF repairing the levee at a camp for disaster victims,which was destroyed by heavy rainfall

On August 24, the top three politicians in the Defense Ministry, comprising then Defense Minister Kitazawa, provided words of encouragement via satellite video conferencing to Colonel Yasutatsu Adachi, Chief of the 4th International Disaster Relief Unit, and to Colonel Koichi Hashimoto, Chief of the 5th International Disaster Relief Unit, who are both currently on dispatch to Haitian capital Port-au-Prince.

Colonel Adachi, Chief of the 4th International Disaster Relief Unit that has continued with earthquake relief activities in Haiti after February, said that they had conducted their activities with the belief that completion of the mission in Haiti, even in the aftermath of the major earthquake in Japan, would serve both Haiti and Japan. He expressed his strong emotions at being able to provide post-earthquake reconstruction assistance in Haiti.

Then Defense Minister Kitazawa expressed his hopes that the 5th Unit would continue to work for Haiti through an all-Japanese effort that would include cooperation with Japanese NGOs and foreign diplomatic missions, in addition to the joint efforts of the 5th Unit with other international relief troops. In response, Colonel Hashimoto said that he would keep up the high level of motivation and work tirelessly.

Dispatch of SDF personnel to excavate and recover abandoned chemical weapons in China

At the request of the Cabinet Office, seven ammunition and chemical specialists from the GSDF were dispatched to Jilin province in China from August 30 to September 28, to excavate and recover abandoned chemical weapons.

The duties of the dispatched personnel were to provide expert advice on the excavation and recovery of shells, identification of shells, and safety management of workers, as well as to support local personnel in ensuring the safe and efficient completion of the mission.

ASDF and Royal Australian Air Force conduct joint training

Formation flying
Formation flying

On July 15, during the period of the US Air Force exercise held at Eielson and Elemendorf Air Bases in Alaska from June 27 to July 29, a joint exercise was conducted for the first time between the JASDF and the Royal Australian Air Force. F15 fighters from the ASDF’s Komatsu Air Base participated in the exercise, and flew in formation with FA18 fighters from the Royal Australian Air Force. The Australian Air Force personnel that participated in the joint training visited Misawa Air Base on July 25 enroute to Australia, and exchanges were conducted between the two air forces in the form of reciprocal aircraft tours and other activities.

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