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Amphibious unit may be deployed in Hokkaido

  • February 9, 2020
  • , Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei reported that the Defense Ministry is considering establishing an amphibious unit at a GSDF camp in Hokkaido as some of the facilities in the prefecture are thought to be well suited for training personnel for amphibious operations connected to the defense of remote islands. While explaining that some 600 SDF members will be assigned to the new unit by the end of FY2023, the daily said the ministry is ultimately hoping to set up a similar unit in Okinawa since a Japanese version of the U.S. Marine Corps was launched two years ago to counter China’s maritime advancement in the East China Sea. 

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