Northern Viper 20: Japanese SDF Trains with the USMC


The JGSDF conducted Northern Viper, a field training exercise with U.S. Marine Corps in Hokkaido from January 22nd to February 8th.

The participating forces include 4th Infantry Regiment, 5th Field Artillery Unit, 1st Antitank Helicopter Unit from the JGSDF, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Aircraft Group 36 from U.S. Marine Corps.

The exercise was one of the largest scale ever conducted with U.S. Marine Corps in Japan.

Taking advantage of fine training environment in Hokkaido, the JGSDF and U.S. Marine Corps confirmed cooperation procedures for bilateral operations and developed the bilateral operational capability through the exercise.

Published by the Japanese Ministry of Defense in its March 2020 issue of Japan Defense Focus.