JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.54
ACTIVITIES

Personnel Replacements of the SDF Engineer Unit Dispatched to South Sudan PKO

Personnel Replacements of the SDF Engineer Unit Dispatched to South Sudan PKO
Personnel Replacements of the SDF Engineer Unit Dispatched to South Sudan PKO
1. The 6th Engineer Unit after arrival
2. Handover to the 6th Engineer Unit
3. Shaking hands with the head of the 5th Engineer Unit
4. Ceremony for the departure of the 6th Engineer Unit
5. Senior Vice-Minister of Defense giving words of encouragement
to the 6th Engineer Unit
6. Senior Vice-Minister of Defense together with a member
of the 6th Engineer Unit and his family
7. Sending off the first group of the 5th Engineer Unit

A ceremony for the departure of the 6th Engineer Unit to be dispatched to South Sudan PKO (UNMISS: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan) was held at GSDF Camp Obihiro on May 20th. The ceremony was attended by Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Takeda, officials, and the families of personnel. Senior Vice-Minister of Defense Takeda and the commander of the 5th Brigade, Northern Army of GSDF gave words of encouragement to the 6th Engineer Unit.

The advance team of the 6th Engineer Unit departed Japan on May 23rd to replace the 5th Engineer Unit in phases.

All personnel from the 5th Engineer Unit returned to Japan by June 20th. At the request of UNMISS, since they started their activities on December 16th, 2013, 5th Engineer Unit have carried out IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) assistance such as establishing water supplies, providing medical assistance, and carrying out site preparation for POC (Protection of Civilian) area, as well as helping construct security fences and improving drainage ditches at the UN site. Sending off the first group of the 5th Engineer Unit, the commander told his personnel that they should return home with pride, always bearing in mind the modesty and gratitude for support from their families and the unit. He expressed his appreciation for their hard work in South Sudan and wished for safe journey back home.

FY2014 SDF Joint Exercise for Rescue

FY2014 SDF Joint Exercise for Rescue

From June 2nd to 6th, FY2014 Joint Exercise for Rescue was conducted at the Ministry of Defense (Ichigaya, Tokyo), GSDF Camp Asaka (Saitama prefecture), and other locations including that of participating units. Approx. 3,000 officers and officials from Internal Bureau, Joint Staff, Defense Intelligence Headquarters, each service of the SDF, and other related organizations participated in the exercise.

The purpose of this year’s exercise was to maintain and enhance the SDF’s disaster response capabilities in the event of a Nankai Trough Earthquake in cooperation with related organizations including USFJ and other ministries and agencies.

Participation in Red Flag-Alaska

Participation in Red Flag-Alaska

The ASDF took part in the United States Air Force combat Exercise “Red Flag-Alaska” from June 2nd to July 3rd. Hosted by the United States Air Force, this exercise is held in Alaska to take advantage of its excellent environment for military training. The exercise, which is held in a competition format, involves all aspects of aerial combat, from planning air strikes at a commanding headquarters to the deployment and return of aircraft. The exercise is intended to enhance the tactical combat skills of units and the joint responsiveness of Japan and U.S. Forces.

The ASDF deployed six F-15 fighters and two KC-767 aircraft to Eielson Air Force Base and one E-767 and three C-130H aircraft to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for the duration of the training where the aircraft were involved in drilling of air-to-air combat, aerial refueling, and tactical air transport.

This year marks the eighteenth participation from the ASDF since 1996.

Participation in Red Flag-Alaska
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