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USA, Japan joint military drill ‘IRON FIST’ Begins

Published on January 15, 2018
American and Japanese military forces have launched joint exercise named Iron Fist.

  • The 13th annual Iron Fist exercises kicked off in the U.S. western state of California.
  • More than 500 U.S. Marines and sailors are partnering with about 350 members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force to train in fire support operations and amphibious assaults.
  • It is a realistic and challenging training to prepare both USA and Japan from anything that might happen in the Pacific so that they are ready to respond.
  • Iron Fist training will take place at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island. 
  • The main training event will be a scenario-based amphibious assault launched from the USS Rushmore amphibious landing ship, in coordination with an inland helicopter assault.
  • This will be the last joint exercise before Japan establishes its Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade in March. It could be used to defend contested territories.
  • The Iron Fist military drill comes amidst the tensions that North Korea has put on South Korea, Japan and USA.
  • North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in November that is capable of hitting anywhere in the continental United States.

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