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US and Japan to hold joint military drill

12-02-2010 13:46 BJT Special Report:DPRK, S. Korea Exchange Fire |

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The US and South Korea have just wrapped up their joint military drill off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula. But war games are continuing with Japanese Self-Defense Forces and US conducting a new joint exercise. The drill will begin on the 3rd of December, and will last for 7 days. According to some Japanese media, this will be the biggest ever joint drill between the two countries.

It is reported that more than 44 thousand personnel, 60 warships, and 400 aircraft from both countries will take part in the drill, making it six times bigger than the US and South Korean maneuvers.

Japan's Self-Defense Forces say the exercises will include missile interception, coordinated operations at sea and in the air, integrated transport and rescue operations.

After the recent exchange of fire between South Korea and the DPRK, the Japanese government has strengthened its security vigilance by dispatching more patrol aircraft to the region; while members of Prime Minister Naoto Kan's Cabinet are on standby to respond to any possible developments in the DPRK.

However, the plan for the joint exercises was announced long before the Korean tensions grew. Japan's Kyodo Agency announced on the 6th of October that a drill aimed at island protection would be held.

The Daily Yomiuri newspaper reported that Japan would conduct exercises simulating the recapture of an isolated island from enemy forces, with the support from the US Navy's 7th fleet.

Japan will send Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters, which have advanced air-to-ground and antiship attack capabilities, and Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C anti-submarine patrol aircraft. And around 250 troops from the airborne brigade units, will land on the island escorted by F-15 Eagle fighters.

The drill will take place in waters close to Diaoyu Island. However the Japanese Prime Minister says the exercises have nothing to do with the island dispute between China and Japan.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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