The photos were taken in early November, during a tour aboard the USS George Washington.

GSDF troops on USS George Washington. Click to expand. U.S. Navy photo.

I’ve never seen GSDF personnel in berets before. Is this something new?

That's one old sergeant Click to expand. U.S. Navy photo.

My understanding is that guy with his left hand on the console can make a mean double chocolate torte.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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