Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Troops Set to Join Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Troops Set to Join Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Troops Set to Join Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) troops have arrived in Darwin ahead of the trilateral Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021, joining United States Marines already undertaking training in the region. Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, having served the mandatory quarantine period, will join their counterparts from Australia and the United States for the exercise in the Northern Territory which will run from 15-25 June.

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force make their way to the terminal from a Royal Australian Airforce C-130J Hercules after landing at RAAF Base Darwin, NT.
Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force make their way to the terminal from a Royal Australian Airforce C-130J Hercules after landing at RAAF Base Darwin, NT.(Photo by LSIS Shane Cameron/Australian Government Department of Defence)

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr AO, DSC, MVO said,”T he annual activity reinforced the cooperation between Australian, Japanese and US forces across a range of military disciplines including infantry, aviation, artillery, and combat engineer training. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin will bring more equipment this year, allowing for a more complex exercise to advance our ability to work together.

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Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces arrive in the Top End, after completing quarantine in Sydney, aboard a Royal Australian Air Force C130J Hercules aircraft prior to participation in the upcoming trilateral exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021.
Members of the Japan Self-Defense Forces arrive in the Top End, after completing quarantine in Sydney, aboard a Royal Australian Air Force C130J Hercules aircraft prior to participation in the upcoming trilateral exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021. (Photo by LSIS Shane Cameron/Australian Government Department of Defence)

During the exercise, the three forces will conduct complex activities coordinating artillery, unmanned aircraft systems and rotary wing assets. There is a lot to learn from our partners and this trilateral format allows us to better understand our respective capabilities. It also enables us to continue to work together and be ready to contribute to national and collective responses. Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021 will commence following an opening ceremony on 15 June.

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