As part of the KAMANDAG 5-21 Exercise, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) performed rescue operations with troops from the Philippine Marine Corps on October 1, 2021 at the Naval Station in Zambales.
The JGSDF Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) capability in rescue operations was given by Maj. Yasutomo Kamiakito, Commander of the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade. The Philippine Marines then gave a demonstration of their equipment. The exercises included a highly mobile rescue team, heavy-duty light equipment, and systematic medical evacuations.
The event was a combined force execution between the Japanese troops and Marines including Marine reservists under the 12th Marine Battalion (Reserve), 7TH MARINE BRIGADE (RESERVE), and Philippine Navy ship (LS-551) simulating the landing of the Amphibious Landing Force ashore.
MGen. Caculitan commended the JGSDF for continuously upgrading their HADR capabilities essential in rescue operations. He also acknowledged the continuing cooperation and stressed the importance of learning new sets of knowledge and skills on HADR especially as both Japan and the Philippines are prone to natural disasters and calamities.
The exercise was graced by Col. Yu Nakano, the Defense Attaché of the Embassy of Japan.