JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.89

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Joint Training Exercise involving Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the United States
(FY2017 Integrated Training in the United States)

Joint Training Exercise involving Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the United States(FY2017 Integrated Training in the United States)
Joint Training Exercise involving Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the United States(FY2017 Integrated Training in the United States)

From May 3rd to 22nd, the MOD/JSDF conducted a joint training exercise involving Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the United States (FY2017 Integrated Training in the United States) in the air and sea space around Japan, the air and sea space in and around Guam, and the air and sea space in and around the Northern Mariana Islands (Western Pacific).


This training exercise represents the first of its kind involving Japan, France, the United Kingdom and the United States, taking advantage of the opportunity presented by the visit to Japan of French naval vessel (BPC Mistral) on April 29th based on the agreement reached at the Japan-France Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting held in January as well as the Japan-France summit meeting held in March. Holding this training exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, including the high seas, contributes to improved tactical skills and interoperability. Also, it helps to crystallize the four countries’ support for freedom of navigation and for free and open maritime order confirmed repeatedly in the past, making it a very meaningful training exercise.


Participants from the Japan side included approx. 10 personnel from the Joint Staff Office, approx. 50 personnel and one aircraft from the JGSDF (Ground Staff Office, Western Army, Signal Brigade, and Central Transportation Management Command), and 160 personnel and one ship (transport vessel) from the JMSDF (Maritime Staff Office, Self-Defense Fleet, and Yokosuka District), for a total of approx. 220 personnel.

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