exercises
Japan, U.S., U.K. in Joint Minesweeper Exercises

Japan, U.S., U.K. in Joint Minesweeper Exercises

Kyodo reports that the Japan will join the United States and United Kingdom in minesweeping exercises in October.

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MSDF in New Hollywood Film, "BATTLESHIP"

MSDF in New Hollywood Film, “BATTLESHIP”

For the first time, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is set appear to appear in a Hollywood film. “BATTLESHIP”, based on the popular board game, is a movie about a multinational naval task force exercising off Hawaii and encountering a hostile alien sea flotilla. Click here for the trailer. The “multinational naval task force...

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Japan in Military Exercises with Australia, Canada

Japan in Military Exercises with Australia, Canada

This week the Maritime Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force is engaged in exercises with Australia and Canada.

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Boosting SDF's Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Boosting SDF’s Nuclear Accident Response Capabilities

Yomiuri: The SDF plans to better incorporate operations SDF personnel conducted under highly radioactive conditions. This is expected to include improving response capabilities by beefing up equipment, enhancing cooperation, and holding exercises.

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Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=8.21149,113.181152&spn=15.610614,18.918457&t=h&z=6 width=575 height=400 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Well, this is going to be interesting. US, Japan, Australia announce joint South China Sea exercise TOKYO — The U.S., Japanese and Australian navies will Saturday hold a joint drill in the South China Sea — most of which China claims as its maritime territory — Japan’s...

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Japan-Australia Military Ties Advance: Joint Air Force Drills

Japan-Australia Military Ties Advance: Joint Air Force Drills

The ASDF and the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct joint training drills in Alaska next month on the sidelines of RED FLAG-ALASKA.

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Iron Fist 2011: "How Good Are These Guys?" (Part 4 of 4)

Iron Fist 2011: “How Good Are These Guys?” (Part 4 of 4)

Fourth of a four part series. The Japan Self Defense Forces are a lot like subatomic particles. Everyone knows they exist, or rather believes in the larger order of things that says they should exist, but few people can really tell you what they’re really like. The SDF keeps a low profile, in large part due...

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Iron Fist 2011: Armies & Transparency (Part 3 of 4)

Iron Fist 2011: Armies & Transparency (Part 3 of 4)

Third of a four part series that will run through Friday. This was my second opportunity to cover troops in the field, and my first ever with the GSDF. How to divide my attention? Should I talk to the Americans, who were approachable and from whom information flowed freely? The Japanese, who were more difficult...

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Iron Fist 2011: Talking English and the Alliance in a Nutshell (Part 2 of 4)

Iron Fist 2011: Talking English and the Alliance in a Nutshell (Part 2 of 4)

Second in a four part series that will run through Friday. The scenario was this: 3 Company, Western Army Infantry Regiment, Japan Ground Self Defense Forces, had landed on Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach and pushed ashore into the coastal foothills. The next phase of the exercise was the passage of lines. While the Japanese held...

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Iron Fist 2011: The Making of a Modern Japanese Marine Corps (Part 1 of 4)

Iron Fist 2011: The Making of a Modern Japanese Marine Corps (Part 1 of 4)

First of a four part series that will run through Friday. It was beautiful, cloudless day at Camp Pendleton, and the U.S. Marine Corps air-ground menagerie was visible in all directions. In the distance, CH-46 transport helicopters practiced swooping down on and taking off from a simulated ship deck. A UH-1Y Huey / AH-1W Super...

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Iron Fist 2011: JSW Video

Here’s some video from the exercise, with commentary thrown in as anotations. The video is not all that useful and more resembles B roll, but it’s all I got. I only had a few hours and was torn between filming tanks, conversations in English, conversations in Japanese, and conversations in English and Japanese. This video...

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Iron Fist 2011: DVIDS Video

Captain Hollenbeck (my host for my visit to Camp Pendleton) and his public affairs people are doing a great job uploading video from the Iron Fist exercise. The Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System is currently hosting more than thirty videos in all, covering everything from rigid inflatable boat training to weapons familiarization. Here’s a...

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