JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.51
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Delivery and Commission Ceremony of “Suzutsuki” and “Fuyuzuki”

Delivery and Commission Ceremony of “Suzutsuki” and “Fuyuzuki”
Delivery and Commission Ceremony of “Suzutsuki” and “Fuyuzuki”

On March 12th, a ceremony for delivery and presentation of the SDF colors of destroyer Suzutsuki was held at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard, attended by Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Kihara.

On 13th, the following day, the MOD/SDF accepted delivery of destroyer Fuyuzuki and SDF colors was presented in a ceremony at Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Tamano Works, attended by Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Wakamiya.

Both ceremonies were attended by MSDF Chief of Staff Katsutoshi Kawano and Director General of the Equipment Procurement and Construction Office Akira Kamata, etc.

Specifications

Displacement standard Approx. 5100 tons
Length 151 m
Beam 18.3 m
Depth 10.9 m
Engines 4 gas-turbine engines (2 shafts)
Speed Approx. 30 knots

USMC/GSDF BILATERAL EXERCISE: EXERCISE FOREST LIGHT

USMC/GSDF BILATERAL EXERCISE: EXERCISE FOREST LIGHT

Exercise “Forest Light”, a bilateral exercise between the United States Marine Corps and GSDF, was conducted on February 25th through March 8th at locations including Soumagahara Exercise Area in Gunma Prefecture and Sekiyama Exercise Area in Niigata Prefecture. The aim of the exercise was for GSDF and USMC to drill, through actual action, procedures on coordination for bilateral operations while each executes respective commands, thus improve their interoperability.

The training also focused on executing the mission within the winter elements (movement in deep snow, temporary wilderness sheltering, attack techniques, etc.) as well as bilateral air assault training which took place at Soumagahara via USMC CH-53 Helicopter.

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