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GSDF Osprey conducts first-ever joint drills with U.S. Marines

Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that a GSDF V-22 Osprey based at Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture participated in joint drills with the U.S. Marines for the first time on Tuesday at the Higashifuji training area in Shizuoka Prefecture. Mainichi wrote that the drills, which are scheduled to continue through March 25, are intended to enhance coordination between the GSDF and Marines in amphibious operations. Yomiuri speculated that the drills are aimed at enhancing the two forces’ capability to operate in the Nansei Islands and other areas in response to China’s continuing maritime advancement.

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