JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.55



The GSDF and MSDF took part in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, the international maritime exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy from late June to August.

RIMPAC is held by the U.S. Navy, and is a comprehensive training involving other foreign naval vessels. The exercise is intended to improve the tactical combat skills of units from each participating country. Since 1971, RIMPAC has been held every other year in the waters surrounding Hawaii, with this year marking the 24th exercise.

This is the first time the GSDF has participated. The MSDF has taken part in RIMPAC since 1980 in order to improve its tactical combat skills. It was the 18th time for the MSDF to participate in the exercise.

During RIMPAC, units dispatched from the GSDF carried out amphibious training together with the U.S. Marines. The MSDF units participated in various tactical trainings, such as anti-submarine, surface-to-ship, surface-to-air, and anti-land mine exercises, as well as training for anti-piracy and providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Additionally, General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Joint Staff visited Hawaii to inspect the unit participating in RIMPAC. On July 1st, the first ever trilateral Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting involving Japan, the U.S., and the Republic of Korea (ROK) was also held in Hawaii. General Iwasaki, together with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin E. Dempsey and ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Choi Yoon-Hee, held a discussion on a wide range of topics including the increasingly severe security environment such as North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, and measures to further strengthen the trilateral cooperation.

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