Tokyo – On Nov. 17, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force announced its Fourth Division (Fukuoka Prefecture) will engage in an amphibious exercise from Nov. 27 to Dec. 7 with the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa using U.S. military bases and waters designated for training in the prefecture. The exercise aims to improve tactics and skills for amphibious operations and strengthen ties among members of the U.S. and Japanese frontline brigades. At the same time, the exercise will also serve as training to develop members for the amphibious rapid deployment brigades that the Ground Self-Defense Force will form at the end of this fiscal year.
This is the third amphibious exercise, the two others having been conducted in October through November. The 30 or so core members of a Fourth Division platoon will participate in the landing exercises using boats at Camp Hansen and White Beach by the Marines’ Expeditionary Operations Training Group.