Posts tagged ‘Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’

FRIDAY FOTO (August 2, 2019)

Sabre Dance.

US / ADF special operations forces HALO parachute jump Talisman Sabre 2019

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Nicole Rogge)

U.S. and Australian troops jump out of a Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan tactical transport plane over Queensland, Australia on July 17, 2019. The airdrop was part of Talisman Sabre, a biennial exercise to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Australian troops — and partner nations in the Pacific region.

Talisman Sabre — jointly sponsored by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force Joint Operations Command — incorporates U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force personnel and equipment with the Australian Defence Force, and well as ships, aircraft and personnel from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada.

The United States has been increasing its military cooperation with Australia for more than a decade, including the continuing six-month rotation of hundreds of U.S. Marines to Robertson Barracks outside Darwin, in northern Australia, 4GWAR noted in 2012. That first company-sized contingent has grown to 2,500 Marines, which was the intention of a 2011 agreement reached between then-President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

The RAAF’s C-27J Spartan is a battlefield airlifter can airdrop cargo and paratroops in-flight. It can also airlift a variety of cargo loads or evacuate up to 21 stretcher cases of sick or wounded personnel. The Italian-made, U.S.-designed turboprop plane bridges the gap between Army helicopters and larger Air Force transport aircraft.

To see more photos from the joint exercise, click here, here, here, and here.


August 2, 2019 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (July 18, 2014)

Wet Work.

U.S. Marine Photo by Corporal Henry Antenor

U.S. Marine Photo by Corporal Henry Antenor

Two Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers and two U.S. Marines emerge from the water ready for action while practicing small unit techniques as part of the Japan Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue beach, Okinawa, July 16.

The soldiers, with JGSDF’s Western Army, have been observing the Marine of L Company for approximately six weeks. The Marines are with the Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The program provides observation and education opportunities on small unit concepts, tactics, and amphibious operations to further enhance interoperability between the two forces as well as security in the region.

July 18, 2014 at 12:23 am Leave a comment


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