Tuesday, November 8, 2011

GSDF northern troops to join drill in Kyushu: Japan

A defense convoy has left its base in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido to join drills in southern Japan aimed at beefing up security for remote Japanese islands near China.

The Ground Self-Defense Force convoy left Tomakomai port on Monday for Oita Prefecture aboard a chartered high-speed ferry.

The convoy comprises 52 vehicles, including 4 tanks, and about 230 personnel.

It is the main unit of troops dispatched by the Ground Self-Defense Force from Hokkaido to the southern main island of Kyushu.

The drills are in line with new defense policy guidelines adopted last December that call for enhancing security in the Nansei Islands in response to China's increasing naval activity in the East China Sea.

The guidelines also call for greater Self-Defense Force mobility to enhance deterrence. more