Japanese troops have arrived in Darwin ahead of the trilateral Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021, joining US Marines already undertaking training in the region.
Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), having served the mandatory quarantine period, will join their counterparts from Australia and the US for the exercise in the Northern Territory which will run from 15-25 June.
Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr said the annual activity reinforces 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,” Burr said.
“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.