Tag Archives: Japan

Marines, Japanese Ground Forces Link Up at Iron Fist for ACV, Amphibious Training

Marines, Japanese Ground Forces Link Up at Iron Fist for ACV, Amphibious Training

U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers with 2nd Amphibious Rapid Deployment Regiment render honors during the Japanese and United States national anthems as part of the Exercise Iron Fist 2022 opening ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 10, 2022. US Marine Corps Photo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – The U.S.-Japan amphibious exercise Iron Fist will include waterborne training with the Marine Corps’ newest amphibious combat vehicles. Read More

Chinese Carrier Strike Group Liaoning Returns From Deployment

Chinese Carrier Strike Group Liaoning Returns From Deployment

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning (16) refuels underway during a December 2021 deployment. PLAN Photo

The post has been updated to correct the type of fighters embarked aboard the PLAN carrier Liaoning. The fighters are J-15s not JF-17s.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The People’s Liberation Army Navy Liaoning carrier group returned to its homeport of Qingdao on Dec. 30 after a successful training deployment according to a PLAN official release. Read More

Japanese Cabinet Approves $47B Defense Budget

Japanese Cabinet Approves $47B Defense Budget

JS Kumano(FFM-2) left front view at Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Tamano Shipyard Nov. 19, 2020.

Japan’s Cabinet approved a record 5.4 trillion yen (U.S. $47 billion) for its defense budget for fiscal year 2022, marking a record high for eight consecutive years, amidst Japanese concern about its capabilities to meet the threats posed by China, North Korea and Russia. Read More

Chinese Carrier Group Drills in Pacific Ocean; Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Wraps Up Exercise with Australia

Chinese Carrier Group Drills in Pacific Ocean; Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Wraps Up Exercise with Australia

China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning takes part in a military drill of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in the western Pacific Ocean, April 18, 2018. PLA Photo

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – A six-ship People’s Liberation Army Navy carrier group led by aircraft carrier Liaoning (16) is currently operating in the Pacific Ocean, according to releases from the Japanese military. Read More

U.S. Navy Wraps Up Drills With Partners in Philippine Sea, Strait of Malacca

U.S. Navy Wraps Up Drills With Partners in Philippine Sea, Strait of Malacca

Sailors transit the flight deck of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) after debarking a CMV-22B Osprey, assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistic Support Squadron (VRM) 30, Dec. 1, 2021. U.S. Navy Photo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The U.S Navy this week completed exercises in the Philippine Sea with multilateral partners and an exercise with Malaysia in the Malacca Strait. Read More

Australia Needs Asymmetric Capabilities to Counter China in Indo-Pacific, Former Australian Official Says

Australia Needs Asymmetric Capabilities to Counter China in Indo-Pacific, Former Australian Official Says

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) executes a live missile firing off the coast of Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on Aug. 25, 2020. RAN Photo

Australian political leaders have refocused Canberra’s attention on developing more asymmetric capabilities necessary to fighting a war far from its shores against “high-end competitor” China, a former senior national security adviser to its foreign minister said Tuesday. Read More

AUKUS Agreement Shows Recognition of China's Military Power, Expert Says

AUKUS Agreement Shows Recognition of China’s Military Power, Expert Says

A naval soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbour on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

Australia has become “something of a test case” in China’s push to dominate the Indo-Pacific economically and militarily, the head of Australia’s National Security College said Monday. Read More