U.S. Marines and members of the Japan Floor Self-Protection Pressure, alongside components from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Military, are set to kick off their largest bilateral coaching train of the 12 months with Resolute Dragon 2021 going down at a number of coaching areas throughout Japan from December 4-17. The train begins with a gap ceremony at Ojojihara Coaching Space, the place U.S. and Japanese troops will collect for the presentation of their nationwide colours and opening remarks from senior commanders.

U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 (VMM-262) and Marine Wing Assist Squadron 172 (MWSS-172) function a ahead aiming and refueling level train throughout train Resolute Dragon 21 in Ojojihara Proving Grounds, Japan, Dec. 4, 2021.(Photograph by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Diana Jimenez)

Resolute Dragon 21 consists of almost 2,650 Marines from throughout III MEF representing all features of the Fleet Marine Pressure. Collaborating plane from 1st Marine Plane Wing embody a number of MV-22B Ospreys, CH-53E Stallions, AH-1Z Vipers, UH-1Y Venom, F/A-18E Hornets, and KC-130J Hercules. Marines will be a part of roughly 1,400 of their counterparts from the ninth Division, North Jap Military, Japan Floor Self-Protection Pressure. Resolute Dragon is designed to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the U.S.-Japan alliance by refining procedures for bilateral command, management, and coordination in a geographically distributed atmosphere.


US Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Set to Begin Exercise Resolute Dragon 21
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Dillon Hartmann, a platoon commander with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, discusses reconnaissance strategies with Japan Floor Self Protection Pressure Troopers as a part of train Resolute Dragon 21 at Ojojihara Proving Grounds, Japan, Dec. 4, 2021. (Photograph by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jerry Edlin)

“Resolute Dragon 21 is an instance of the power of the U.S.-Japan alliance, which has served as the inspiration of peace and safety within the Indo-Pacific for greater than 60 years. By means of this train, the JGSDF and U.S. Marine Corps will strengthen, combine, and synchronize our complementary capabilities to make sure we stay prepared and able to defending all of Japan, safeguarding our shared values, and preserving freedom at sea. We are going to function throughout all domains with our Japanese allies and joint companions to maximise our means to discourage and defeat any potential risk,” mentioned Maj. Gen. Jay Bargeron, Commanding Normal, 3d Marine Division.

US Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Set to Begin Exercise Resolute Dragon 21
Army Sealift Command’s expeditionary quick transport ship USNS Puerto Rico (T-EPF 11) is supporting the U.S. Marine Corps throughout Resolute Dragon 21 in Japan, December 4-16. (Photograph by Gene Palabrica/Army Sealift Command Far East)

Resolute Dragon 21 will implement all USFJ-mandated COVID-19 prevention procedures as a way to preserve native Japanese communities and the mixed army power secure and wholesome. All U.S. individuals are fully-vaccinated. Bilateral coaching workout routines like Resolute Dragon, carried out between the Japan Self-Protection Pressure and forward-deployed U.S. Marine Corps forces, show each international locations’ devotion to their mutual partnership and dedication to defending peace and safety within the Indo-Pacific. Resolute Dragon is the most recent instance of this ongoing dedication and ensuing will increase in bilateral capabilities, integration, lethality, and readiness.

US Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Set to Begin Exercise Resolute Dragon 21
U.S. Marines with 4th Marine Regiment, third Marine Division and Troopers with the Japan Self Protection Pressure (JSDF) take part within the opening ceremony for Resolute Dragon 21 on Ojojihara Proving Grounds, December 4, 2021.(Photograph by Sgt. Mario Ramirez/third Marine Division)