JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.62
ACTIVITIES

Cope North Guam
- Japan-U.S.-Australia Joint Exercise in Guam -

Cope North Guam
Cope North Guam

The ASDF took part in the trilateral combat training as well as Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) exercise together with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from January 27th to March 12th at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

The exercise Cope North Guam seeks to enhance tactical combat skills of the ASDF units and the joint response capabilities of U.S. and Japan forces. It also provides opportunities for the ASDF to improve interoperability with the USAF and RAAF in the HA/DR activities.

This trilateral exercise involved 460 personnel from the ASDF Air Defense Command and ASDF Air Support Command as well as aircraft such as the F-2A, F-15J/DJ, U-125A, E-2C, C-130H and KC-767. For the HA/DR component, 64 ASDF personnel and two C-130H aircraft participated in the training involving airlift, airdrop of supplies, takeoff and landings on uneven surfaces, searching operations, and the aeromedical evacuations.

The ASDF units have taken part in Cope North Guam since 1999, with this year marking the 15th time. The RAAF started participating in the exercise since 2011, making it the fourth time the Japan-U.S.-Australia trilateral training of its kind was held.

Cope North Guam

North Wind 2
- Field Training Exercise between GSDF and U.S. Army -

North Wind 2

The GSDF held a field training exercise with the U.S. Army at its Yausubetsu Training Area in Hokkaido from February 9th to 22nd. The exercise North Wind 2 involved approx. 150 personnel from the GSDF 5th Brigade 27th Infantry Regiment and the GSDF Central Readiness Force as well as approx. 50 personnel from the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division 4th Brigade Combat Team 1-501 Infantry Unit stationed in Alaska.

The GSDF and U.S. Army carried out the field exercises according to coordination procedures on joint operations in the snowy cold area, in an effort to improve interoperability, following each of their respective chains of command. Additionally, Japan and U.S. paratroopers carried out a joint training, seeking to improve the tactical combat skills of both countries since the U.S. Army personnel stationed in Alaska that took part in the North Wind 2 were the only large-scale U.S. paratrooper unit in the Asia-Pacific region.

This field training has been organized in Japan since 1981, with this year marking the 27th time.

United Nations Staff Officers Course

United Nations Staff Officers Course

The Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center (JPC) held the United Nations Staff Officers Course (UNSOC) from January 26th to February 10th. The UNSOC, which was held for the third time, is a UN recognized training program that provides staff officers who will engage in UN PKOs with essential knowledge and skills. In addition to 12 SDF personnel and MOD officials, one official of the Cabinet Office and a total of eight military personnel from Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the UK attended the course.

Each of the 21 participants from different organizations, had their own operational procedures, different sense of values based on their cultural background and traditions, and individual job experiences. Through UNSOC curriculum, participants have not only learned the activity rules for UN missions together, but also promoted mutual understanding. It allowed participants to acquire the knowledge and skills that are necessary to immediately contribute to the UN PKOs as headquarters-level staff officers.

Both courses offered by the JPC (PKOCCC* and UNSOC) basically aim at military personnel. However, as latest PKO mission trend towards more integrated and complex ones, it is requested that all actors collaborate with each other in the field including military personnel, police officers, and civilians to strengthen cooperation and interaction through joint pre-deployment training. For this purpose, the JPC will continuously strive to contribute to developing the human resources at home and abroad who are expected to work in various international activities for maintaining peace and security, including the UN PKOs.

*PKO Contingent Commanders’ Course

United Nations Staff Officers Course
United Nations Staff Officers Course

Multilateral Training Exercise
- Cobra Gold 15 -

Cobra Gold 15
Cobra Gold 15

The SDF participated in Cobra Gold 15, a multilateral joint training exercise that took place in Thailand from February 9th to 20th. Approx. 100 personnel from the MOD/SDF, including GSDF, MSDF, ASDF, and Joint Staff Office took part.

A total of nine countries took part in this year’s Cobra Gold to include Japan, the U.S., Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, China, and India. The Cobra Gold seeks to improve necessary capabilities as well as promote mutual understanding and reinforce relationships of trust between the countries involved. Of the various training exercises that took place, the SDF participated in the Staff Exercise (STAFFEX), humanitarian/civilian assistance activities, and the transport training of overseas Japanese nationals.

In the STAFFEX part, personnel practiced planning for counter-piracy operations and coordination procedures with the multinational force headquarters. During the transport training of Japanese nationals abroad, they confirmed a series of procedures such as taking over nationals from the embassy and loading them on aircraft for evacuation. Humanitarian/civilian assistance activities component included the tabletop exercises based on the scenario of HA/DR in response to the outbreak of infectious disease.

Since taking part in Cobra Gold’s STAFFEX for the first time in 2005, the SDF has expanded its scope of participating exercise. This year marked the 11th participation from the SDF.

Cobra Gold 15
Cobra Gold 15
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