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Japan amphibious unit drills with U.S. in Australia

Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force has sent its amphibious unit to Australia for joint exercises with the United States.


About 300 personnel took part in drills with the US Marine Corps on the northeastern coast of Australia on Tuesday.


Brigade members were seen heading to the shore in amphibious vehicles and landing craft for combat training on land.


It was the GSDF’s first major training mission involving a long voyage. It took two weeks for the brigade to reach Australia.


The commander of the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, Takayuki Makise, said the long voyage gave his unit a chance to enhance their coordination with members of the Maritime Self-Defense Force.


Japan’s Defense Ministry is strengthening its amphibious capabilities as China expands its maritime presence.

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