JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.73

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Operation Christmas Drop
- Japan-U.S.-Australia Joint Training for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in the Federated States of Micronesia and other Countries -

Operation Christmas Drop - Japan-U.S.-Australia Joint Training for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief in the Federated States of Micronesia and other Countries -

For 11 days from December 5th to 10th 2015, the ASDF participated in a Japan-U.S.-Australia joint training exercise for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Federated States of Micronesia and other countries.

This training exercise for humanitarian assistance called Operation Christmas Drop has been conducted since 1952 by the 374th Airlift Wing, 36th Airlift Squadron, at Yokota Air Base, Japan (C-130H) under the 5th Air Force, but this marked the first time that the ASDF and Royal Australian Air Force participated.

With the goal of improving ASDF capabilities in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, the ASDF took part in the joint airdrops to deliver supplies to remote islands located in the Federated States of Micronesia and other countries. The exercise also served as an opportunity to enhance interoperability between the participating the ASDF, U.S. Air Force, and Royal Australian Air Force. The airdrops included medicine, food, and clothing, among other items, donated to the U.S. Air Force and these supplies were provided to the people of the Federated States of Micronesia and other countries.

Operation Christmas Drop
Operation Christmas Drop
Operation Christmas Drop
Operation Christmas Drop
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