JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.74

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- Cobra Gold 16 -
Multilateral Training Exercise

- Cobra Gold 16 - Multilateral Training Exercise
- Cobra Gold 16 - Multilateral Training Exercise

The SDF took part in the Cobra Gold 16, the multilateral joint training exercise that took place in Thailand from February 8th to 19th. Approx. 300 personnel from the SDF, including the GSDF, MSDF, ASDF, and the Joint Staff Office, participated.

Nine countries, Japan, the U.S., Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, China, and India, joined in this year’s Cobra Gold. Of the various training exercises that took place, the SDF participated in the command post exercise (CPX) related to counter-piracy, humanitarian/civilian assistance activities pertaining to medical and construction, and the training of Transportation of Japanese Nationals Overseas (TJNO) to improve necessary capabilities for executing tasks as well as promote understanding and reinforce trusting relationships between the countries involved.

In the CPX part, the JDF practiced operation procedures for counter-piracy operations and coordination procedures with the multinational force headquarters. During the training of TJNO, the force confirmed a series of procedures such as taking over Japanese nationals from the embassy, transporting them by land, loading them on aircraft, and evacuating them. In addition, the humanitarian/civilian assistance activity related to medical took place including the tabletop exercises based on the scenario of HA/DR for public health. During humanitarian/civilian assistance activity related to construction, it performed procedures of building facilities in case of international peace cooperation activities.

Since taking part in Cobra Gold’s CPX for the first time in 2005, the SDF has expanded its scope of participating exercise, such as humanitarian/civilian assistance activity and transport training of overseas Japanese nationals. This year marked the 12th time participation from the SDF.

- Cobra Gold 16 - Multilateral Training Exercise
- Cobra Gold 16 - Multilateral Training Exercise
- Cobra Gold 16 - Multilateral Training Exercise
- Cobra Gold 16 - Multilateral Training Exercise
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