The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has undergone its largest reorganisation since its formation in 1954 with the creation of a unified command and the launch of an amphibious brigade tasked with defending Japan’s remote islands.
Called the Ground Component Command, the new structure was set up on 27 March at the JGSDF’s Camp Asaka in Tokyo and comprises 180 personnel. The new command liaises with the Joint Staff Office and assumes unified control over all JGSDF brigades and divisions under the orders of the defence minister.
That same day the service also launched the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) at Camp Ainoura in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, to enhance the country’s capabilities to defend the Nansei Islands in the southwest, including the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, which are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China.
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