Japan Modelling U.S. Marines for New Amphibious Force

Japan Modelling U.S. Marines for New Amphibious Force
U.S. Marine Corps

Japan will model a new amphibious combat force on the U.S. Marine Corps in March 2018 and may deploy part of it in Okinawa Prefecture.

The Ground Self-Defense Force amphibious mobile landing forces will be in charge of defending outlying islands and will initially be based at Camp Ainoura in Nagasaki Prefecture and other locations in Kyushu, according to several government sources.

Deploying a unit to Camp Hansen in Okinawa in the early 2020s is also being considered.

Discussions are continuing with U.S. military officials about whether the GSDF units can jointly use Camp Hansen, which is used as a U.S. Marine base.

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