Credit: United States Marine Corps
Japan Marine Corps and Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) personnel recently conducted Resolute Dragon 21, the largest bilateral field training exercise ever executed in Japan.
The exercise involved more than 4,000 soldiers from the 3d Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force and the JGSDF 9th Division, Army Northeast, with a scope including tactics, techniques and rehearsed procedures to conduct expeditionary forward base operations.
Personnel representing the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the United States Navy, Air Force, Army, and Space Force provided support, by leaders, in executing integrated operations over more than 1,800 miles from the Japanese archipelago and incorporating 12 expeditionary forward bases.
“We both learn a lot from each other, and we both bring unique abilities to this fight that enhance our ability to pursue targets anytime, anywhere,” Capt. Jacob Amon, an officer with field artillery and EAB fire commander for US troops in the exercise, said. “The JGSDF are professional, knowledgeable and they are really good at what they do.”
Japanese Marines and soldiers executed aerial and dismounted insertions at multiple training areas to seize and secure key terrain in freezing rain and snow conditions, officials noted, and members of both branches also established bilateral fire direction centers and long-range precision fire capabilities.
“This training is important for improving interoperability between the United States and Japan – deepening mutual understanding of capabilities, equipment, and combat methods to mutually enhance tactical skills,” said Colonel Akira Kuroha, 9th JGSDF Division Chief of Staff.