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USA, Japan joint military drill ‘IRON FIST’ Begins

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.
USA, Japan joint military drill ‘IRON FIST’ Begins USA, Japan joint military drill ‘IRON FIST’ Begins Reviewed by insiya yadav on January 15, 2018 Rating: 5

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