Dispatch of the 2nd staff officers and the 2nd Engineer Unit for South Sudan PKO

The advance team of the 2nd staff officers arrived in South Sudan
The advance team of the 2nd staff officers arrived in South Sudan

On May 26, Major Yuichiro Koma and Major Takaaki Tanaka departed Japan for the Republic of South Sudan to take up posts of staff officer for the 2nd detachment under the United Nations Missions in Sudan (UNMISS).

In addition, the dispatch of about 330 personnel, including Lieutenant Colonel Nobutaka Matsuki (commanding officer), was decided on as the 2nd Engineer Unit. The advance team of about 20 members departed Japan on June 1, followed by the 1st main body of about 150 members on June 9 and the 2nd main body of about 110 members on June 22.

Japan – India Joint Training

Japan – India Joint Training
Japan – India Joint Training

On June 5, vessels from the Indian Navy paid a goodwill visit to Japan. They sailed on June 9 to participate in the first joint training between the Japan and Indian forces. The joint training was aimed at improving the tactical combat skills of the MSDF, and at promoting defense cooperation and exchange with the Indian Navy. The training was conducted off the coast of Sagami Bay, and the participating military strength comprised two destroyers (“Hatakaze” and “Oonami”), and one aircraft (amphibious search and rescue plane US-2) from the MSDF as well as one destroyer (INS RANA D52), one fleet tanker (INS SHAKTI A57), one frigate (INS SHIVALIK F47), and one Corvette (INS KARMUK P64) from the Indian Navy.

This joint training was conducted based on an agreement concluded at the Japan – India Defense Ministerial Meeting held in November last year. Although Japan has conducted goodwill training with India to date, this is the first time that joint training with India was conducted with the aim of enhancing tactical combat skills. The contents of the training include basic training that have been conducted previously, such as tactical exercises and communications training. In addition, search and rescue training between MSDF vessels and aircraft, and Indian Navy vessels, was conducted as part of new content in order to improve tactical skills for both the participating troops, as well as strengthening collaboration.

Defense cooperation and exchange with India has progressed smoothly. Going forward, the two sides aim to place particular focus on strengthening cooperation in the area of maritime safety and security.

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