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US, Japan Marine Forces to Demo Amphibious Capabilities

Japan Marine ForcesThe U.S. Marine Corps and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force will conduct joint exercise with regional allies as part of efforts to share maritime operation capabilities with partner nations, Defense News reported Monday.

Paul McLeary writes nearly 1,000 Japanese troops, three ships and various choppers will collaborate with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and the U.S. Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 3 in the Dawn Blitz 2013 off the Southern California coast.

USMC will also bring three units of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and F/A-18 fighters,while its MV-22 Osprey will land on the Shimokita and Hyuga ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to the Defense News.

The MV-22 serves to carry casualties from shore to ship, the report said.

McLeary writes Japan intends to demonstrate ship-to-shore attack capabilities with the U.S. marines while conducting land operations with Canadian and New Zealand allied forces.

Canada and New Zealand have sent their troops and Australia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru will observe the joint exercise, Defense News reported.

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