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KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii -- Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its ability to defend small islands it controls but China claims as its own.
Maybe something else is up.
originally posted by: jude11
There are 6,852 islands in Japan but they need Hawaii? Maybe something else is up.
Helicopters dropped a reconnaissance team of Japanese soldiers into the ocean off a beach at a U.S. Marine Corps base during Rim of the Pacific exercises on Tuesday. The soldiers climbed aboard inflatable rafts and inspected the shoreline before waves of U.S., Australian and Indonesian marines followed in amphibious vehicles.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: NavyDoc
We used to always see the Japanese, Australians, or someone else stay a week or so after RIMPAC ended, to work with the US ships, or Marines as well. I always used to look forward to RIMPAC. We'd sit behind the O'Club watching the ships go in and out, and on the ramp dealing with all the planes coming in and leaving.
I do find it all a bit worrying though