US marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service members recently completed training with the newly formed JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) in Sasebo, US Navy (USN) officials said on 12 June.
The ARDB combines Japanese air, ground, and sea forces, similar to a US Marine Corps Marine Air-Ground Task Force, USN officials said.
The ARDB, established on 27 March 2018, is the Japanese government’s concept to deal with various situations on islands. The ARDB combines ground forces, aviation support, and logistical capabilities into a cohesive unit capable of reacting to a variety of scenarios, including self defence and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR).
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