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The U.S. Marine Corps begins two simultaneous large-scale bilateral exercises with key allies across the First Island Chain, from northern Japan to the Philippines, Oct. 1-14.

More than 5,500 people will attend Resolute Dragon 22 in Hokkaido, Japan, and KAMANDAG 6 in Luzon, Batanes and Palawan in the Philippines.

3rd Marine Division Headquarters, based in Okinawa, will exercise command and control of U.S. forces involved in both exercises and provide liaison officers to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command to rehearse concepts associated with operating as joint task force.

“Resolute Dragon and KAMANDAG are significant opportunities to bolster the defensive capabilities of our alliances with Japan and the Philippines through realistic combined training,” said Maj. Gen. Jay Bargeron, commanding general of 3rd Marine Division. “These exercises will allow our forces to build interoperability and readiness to ensure we are ready to respond quickly to crises throughout the Indo-Pacific.”

“Today, as the security environment surrounding Japan becomes more turbulent, there is a need to further strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-US alliance.” Gen. Yuichi Togashi, Commanding General of the JGSDF 2nd Division

More than 2,500 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the US Marine Corps are joining forces for the annual bilateral exercise KAMANDAG 6, which runs from October 3-14.

Meanwhile, 1,400 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel from the Northern Army’s 2nd Division and 1,600 U.S. Marines from across III Marine Expeditionary Force will conduct Resolute Dragon 22, the second annual iteration of the exercise, from October 1 to 14.

“Today, as the security environment around Japan becomes more turbulent, it is necessary to further strengthen the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-US alliance,” said General Yuichi Togashi, Commanding General. of the 2nd Division of the JGSDF. “For this reason, we recognize that Resolute Dragon, the largest field training exercise with the United States Marine Corps in Japan, is extremely important in terms of enhancing cooperation between the Ground Self-Defense Force of Japan and the U.S. Marine Corps. This training, Japanese and U.S. forces will deepen their mutual understanding, improve their tactical skills and joint response capabilities at the operational level, and in turn, further strengthen the Japanese alliance. -American.”

During KAMANDAG, 530 Philippine Marines and 1,900 United States Marines will train closely, along with approximately 100 members of the Philippine Navy and Air Force. The force will focus on increasing combined capabilities for amphibious operations, special operations, maritime security, coastal defense, combined arms, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

“The Philippine Marine Corps looks forward to this year’s KAMANDAG exercise with our foreign military allies who are advanced in amphibious operations, special operations, HADR operations and home defense capabilities,” said said the Commander of the Philippine Marine Corps, Maj. Gen. Charlton. Sean M. Gaerlan. “Through this exercise, we are able to learn from their techniques, tactics and procedures to develop our interoperability strategy in the Philippine Marine Corps, especially as we operationalize our Marine Corps Concept of Operations for archipelagic coastal defence.

This iteration of KAMANDAG 6 will also feature approximately 30 members of the JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade and approximately 100 ROK Marines as part of select exercise events.

KAMANDAG 6 will feature numerous interoperability events combined to include a combined arms live fire exercise in central Luzon with aircraft and high mobility artillery rocket systems as well as amphibious operations along the east and north coasts.

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Photo taken by Sgt. Levi Guerra

U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Dayan Oduma, 3rd Marine Division communications officer, helps palletize gear in preparation for departing Okinawa, Japan during an early warning drill Contingency Marine Air-Ground Task Force, kicking off the division’s forward command element deployment participating in KAMANDAG 6 in the Philippines, Sept. 27, 2022. KAMANDAG is an annual bilateral exercise between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the U.S. military designed to enhance interoperability, capabilities, trust and cooperation built over decades of shared experiences. Oduma is from Compton, California.

Resolute Dragon 22 will also include a combined arms live-fire event featuring the JGSDF Multi-Launch Rocket System and US Marine Corps HIMARS, among other weapon systems. Resolute Dragon focuses on improving bilateral command and control, multi-domain maneuvering, and fire and effects in a geographically distributed environment.

KAMANDAG 6 and Resolute Dragon 22 are important components for maintaining the readiness and defensive capabilities of the US-Philippine Alliance and the US-Japan Alliance.

“KAMANDAG” stands for “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat” which is Tagalog for “Cooperation of Sea Warriors”. The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen cooperation, interoperability and relationships among participating forces.

Exercises like KAMANDAG and Resolute Dragon strengthen international partnerships, mutual security and the ability to respond quickly to crises throughout the Indo-Pacific.

US Marine Corps participation in KAMANDAG 6 and Resolute Dragon 22 will be led by the 3rd Marine Division, headquartered in Okinawa, Japan, providing overall command and control of US forces in both exercises.

United States Marine Corps units participating in KAMANDAG 6 in the Philippines include the 3rd Marine Division; 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit; elements of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit; elements of the 4th Marine Regiment; Combat Logistics Regiment 3; and 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines. Additionally, Task Force 76/3 will conduct operations for the first time as an integrated staff during the exercise. TF 76/3 was recently formed from the amalgamation of the staffs of US Navy Task Force 76, Seventh Fleet and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, III Marine Expeditionary Force. US Marine Corps aircraft involved in KAMANDAG 6 will be primarily from the 31st MEU and will include the F-35B Lightning II, MV-22B Osprey, CH-53E Super Stallion, AH-1Z Viper, UH -1Y Venom and the KC-130J. Super Hercules.

United States Marine Corps units participating in Resolute Dragon 22 in Hokkaido include the 12th Marine Regiment; 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines; 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines; 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion and 3rd Transport Battalion; and several squadrons from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing bringing MV-22B Ospreys, CH-53E Super Stallions, AH-1Z Vipers, UH-1Y Venoms, KC-130J Super Hercules and F/A-18 Hornets.

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