Joint Field Training Exercise Between the GSDF and the U.S. Marine Corps

Boats released from landing craft arriving on shore at the landing point
Boats released from landing craft arriving on shore at the landing point
Exercises in boarding boats from the sides of landing craft
Exercises in boarding boats from the sides of landing craft

The GSDF conducted a joint exercise with the U.S. Marine Corps from August 21 to September 26 in Guam, Tinian of the U. S. and the waters extending from Okinawa to Tinian. In the exercise, the GSDF Western Army and the U.S. Marine Corps III MEF participated.

GSDF troops were dispatched to the U.S., and carried out field training, such as in the tactics and combat necessary for military operations on offshore islands, and in areas that required procedure of mutual cooperation with the U.S. Forces. Through the training, efforts were made to maintain and enhance defense capability with respect to offshore islands.

This field training exercise aimed at not only enhancing tactical skills, but also promoting the Japan–U.S. “dynamic defense cooperation,” which was presented in the Joint Statement at the “2+2” Meeting held in April this year.

Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Aerial activities of Japanese P-3C patrol aircraft off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Record of Mission (July-September 2012)

  1. Number of flights: 54 flights (Accumulated total: 761 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approximately 410 hours (Accumulated total: Approximately 5,900 hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approximately 4,660 ships (Accumulated total: 59,100 ships)
  4. Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approximately 530 times (Accumulated total: Approximately 6,900 times)

Escort operations performed by Japanese MSDF units in the same area

Record of Mission (July-September 2012)

  1. Number of escort operations: 27 times (The 369th – the 395th escort operation)(The 328th – 354th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 129 vessels (Accumulated total of 2,710 escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law; hereinafter the same)

[Breakdown]

  • Japanese-registered ships: 0 (Accumulated total: 15)
  • Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 17 (Accumulated total: 531)
    (Out of the 17 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 4 ships [Out of the 531 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 34 ships])
  • Foreign ships other than above: 112 (Accumulated total: 2,164)
    (Out of the 112 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 1 ship [Out of the 2,164 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 12 ships])

*The above record does not include the 1st – 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities.

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