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SDF to station GSDF personnel on MSDF ships to defend remote islands

  • May 4, 2019
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Saturday’s Yomiuri led with a GOJ proposal on stationing 200 to 300 GSDF personnel on three Osumi-class MSDF transport vessels in order to reinforce the defense of remote islands and conduct patrol activities around the Senkakus. The GOJ is reportedly considering deploying personnel from the GSDF’s Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, which is responsible for island defense, on the ships as early as next year. The proposed joint operations between the GSDF and the MSDF are intended to raise the SDF’s presence in the East China Sea and to enhance deterrence capabilities by demonstrating Japan’s will to defend its territory, in the words of an unnamed GOJ source. The daily added that some GOJ officials are concerned that deploying GSDF units on MSDF ships might be provocative and give China an excuse to bolster its naval activities around the disputed outcrops.

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