GSDF parades combat vehicles through Shikoku city

Apr 24, 2017

GSDF parades combat vehicles through Shikoku city

The members of the 14th brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Force paraded through the city of Zentsuji in Kagawa Prefecture with its combat vehicles Sunday. The event was originally scheduled for last year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the brigade ...

Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

/ Apr 19, 2017

Japan, Australia eye deeper defense ties amid North Korea tension

Facing China’s maritime assertiveness and the threat from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the defense ministers of Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to deepen security cooperation. The ministers met in Tokyo a day before “two-plus-two” security talks between the countries’ foreign and defense ...

U.S. admits misdirected airstrike killed 18 allied fighters near Raqqa

Apr 14, 2017

U.S. admits misdirected airstrike killed 18 allied fighters near Raqqa

A misdirected airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition earlier this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State group in northern Syria, the U.S. military said Thursday. U.S. Central Command said coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner forces, the predominantly-Kurdish ...

Manila receives two of five training planes leased by SDF

Mar 27, 2017

Manila receives two of five training planes leased by SDF

Two of the five Japanese training planes leased to the Philippines for maritime patrols were formally accepted in a ceremony Monday. The two TC-90 aircraft arrived mid-morning at Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite province, south of Manila, where a handover ceremony was conducted ...

Defense chief orders SDF pullout from South Sudan

Mar 24, 2017

Defense chief orders SDF pullout from South Sudan

Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday ordered the Self-Defense Forces to begin their withdrawal from South Sudan, where they were deployed for five years as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission. The fledgling African country gained independence from Sudan in 2011, and the Ground ...