U.S.-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise starts on White Beach

U.S.-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise starts on White Beach

At 4:34pm on November 5, in the U.S.-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise at the U.S. Navy White Beach Port Facility in Uruma, U.S. military personnel tried to row without causing any wave splash.


November 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 5, U.S.-Japan biennial joint-bilateral field training exercise involving the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and United States military started in Okinawa. Eight naval vessels, including three U.S. ships such as the Bonhomme Richard, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship based at Sasebo Naval Station in Nagasaki Prefecture, and the Aegis-class destroyer of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, Chokai, gathered at the U.S. Navy White Beach Port Facility located in the Katsuren district of Uruma.

About 37400 SDF personnel and 10000 from the U.S. military will participate in the exercise. According to a spokesperson of the Joint Staff Office, the exercise will be conducted on the same scale as the previous one in 2010, which was one of the largest exercises to date.

Amphibious vehicles came and went from the Bonhomme Richard, and repeated landing on and leaving the shore at White Beach. U.S. military personnel in inflatable boats carried out landing drills and several SDF personnel in small craft landed on the beach from the ships.

The USS Denver, an Austin-class amphibious transport dock from the Sasebo base, which appeared to be participating in the exercise, was seen off the coast of the Henoko district of Nago during the course of the morning unloading 15 amphibious vehicles. The vehicles landed on the coast of Henoko, entering Camp Schwab.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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