GSDF Launches New Bases for Defense of Southwestern Islands


Tokyo, March 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force launched on Tuesday new bases on Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture and Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture, as part of its moves to enhance the defense of southwestern islands in the country.

The bases will take charge of initial response in case of emergency and serve as key footholds for related operations.

The GSDF continues to revamp its organization in response to military threats from China.

To be stationed at the Amami-Oshima base are a total of about 560 troops of a security unit, and surface-to-air and surface-to-ship missile units.

At the Miyako base, 380 personnel of a security unit will be deployed by the end of this month. Personnel of surface-to-air and surface-to-ship missile units will be deployed there in fiscal 2019 from April or later, bringing the total number of GSDF troops at the base to 700-800.

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