American media said, epoch-making first time, from the Japanese Self-Defense Forces all three military troops will practice how to capture and defending remote islands, and in the United States Navy and Marine Corps Combat Operations under the close collaboration of implementation.
According to the “time” magazine website reported on June 12th, Japan has sent 3 large warships and about 250 ground troops participating in this week officially began in 2013 “the dawn of lightning” exercises. The exercise included about 5000 soldiers, mostly in the United States Marines and sailors, but also have a few from Canada and New Zealand warships and soldiers, 7 other countries, including Australia and Singapore, sent observers. This exercise is the United States of America focus to the Asia-Pacific region (or “rebalancing”) part of the strategy.
Reportedly, this is since China began in 2010 to “tough Japan under the jurisdiction of the island’s sovereignty claim” since, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces forward in terms of expanding its role and task of the latest, greatest and may be one of the most troubling step.
Reported that, although the “dawn of lightning” held annually since 2010, but this year’s exercise was reorganized in recent months, in order to allow Japan to play a bigger and more ambitious role. Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces will drill beach landing of helicopters and boats to attack, expansion (for the Marines) live and simulated combat exercises, and other various tasks related to marine combat training.
Outspread Japan Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter will for the first time in naval vessels, and ground forces will be the first to offshore warships request live-fire artillery support — this task than displayed on the surface of the more dangerous and difficult.
As another epoch-making precedent, the United States Marine Corps MV-22 “Osprey” tiltrotor helicopter destroyers in Japan “on the” number of take-off and landing exercise. “On the” number is a specially designed for anti-submarine warfare aircraft type design of the destroyer, but it is also suitable for other tasks. In Japan and the United States Army, learn how to fight in coordination is another objective of this exercise.
The United States Marines first maneuver enhancement brigade brigadier John Broadmedo this week said in a statement: “‘Osprey’ planes in the Japanese warships on the first landing is a historic moment.”
Reported that, until recently, there has been no need to synthesize the Japanese armed forces combat between the services, especially in the amphibious warfare. The current interpretation of Japanese Peace Constitution prohibits the offensive action, air self-defense, ground and sea forces are generally independent action, perform purely defensive and strictly differentiated responsibilities. If Japan wants to succeed in the amphibious warfare, that at least one part must be made to change. The soldiers must learn how to live in the ship, and protective equipment against corrosion air salinity; sailors must learn how to mobilize the ship in shallow water, as well as the target mobile shore-based fire; the pilot must give up air combat excitement and charm, turn to the implementation of drudgery slow flying low air, to search for targets on the ground.
The United States Institute of foreign affairs in the Japanese “Hitachi international affairs” program at the Jason Wheelock think, all these are in line with the national interests of the United States of america. He said: “the GSDF and Maritime Self-Defense Force epoch-making first will participate in their so-called ‘joint fire’ behavior. This is a key development, if they progress smoothly, to play a greater role in my expected Japan will offer practical output and regional security, and make the United States may be around the Japanese troops to deploy troops…… This will make better use of the valuable defense resources.” This will put the Japanese army “deeply in unknown waters”.