Soldiers from the Honourable Artillery Company have deployed to Fuji Training Camp where they met with their counterparts from the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force, say the MoD.
Exercise VIGILANT ISLES began with a joint helicopter drill where troops from both nations demonstrated their rapid reaction capability. The training continues for the next fortnight in Ojijihara, north of the city of Sendai, a five-hour drive from Tokyo.
According to a release, the MoD say that troops will be deployed to observation posts in the rural training area to simulate a joint operation involving a similar number of Japanese soldiers. The exercise will focus on sharing tactics and surveillance techniques.
Lt. General Patrick Sanders, Commander Field Army, visited the British troops, he said:
“It’s important to remember that the British army works alongside its allies around the world and trains with many of its security partners.
Japan remains one of our most important strategic partners in the Asia-Pacific region and we welcome the opportunity to develop strong bi-lateral ties as well as demonstrate the UK’s approach to joint exercises. No nation operates alone and we want to assure Japan that they will not have to fight alone either.
Stability in Asia is essential to stability around the world and the UK is opposed to any change in the status quo by force. This exercise is designed to promote peace and stability in the region with our natural partners whose values of respect and democracy we share.”