The United States Marines, Navy and Army will join members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) for a bilateral training exercise at multiple training sites across Japan.
Resolute Dragon 2021 involves nearly 2,650 Marines from III MEF, representing all functions of the Fleet Marine Force. Participating aircraft of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing will include several MV-22B Ospreys, CH-53E Stallions, AH-1Z Vipers, UH-1Y Venom, F / A-18E Hornet and KC-130J Hercules. The Marines will join 1,400 counterparts from the 9th Division, Northeast Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.
“Resolute Dragon 21 is an example of the strength of the US-Japan alliance, which has served as the foundation for peace and security in the Indo-Pacific for more than 60 years,” said Major General Jay. Bargeron, commanding general, 3d Marine Division, said. “Through this exercise, the JGSDF and the US Marine Corps will strengthen, integrate and synchronize our complementary capabilities to ensure that we remain ready and able to defend all of Japan, safeguarding our common values and preserving freedom at sea. “
The exercise would help refine bilateral command, control and coordination procedures in a geographically distributed environment.
“We are committed to staying in a strong position and ready to fight and win if called upon,” said Bargeron. “We will operate in all areas with our Japanese allies and common partners to maximize our ability to deter and defeat any potential threats. We pledge to stand and be ready to fight and win if called upon to do so. “