Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade Sets Sail

Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service members completed training with the newly formed JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) in Sasebo, Japan, May 24. The ARDB combines Japanese air, ground and sea forces, similar to a U.S. Marine Corps Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The ARDB, established March 27, 2018, is the Japanese government’s concept to deal with various situations on islands. The ARDB combines ground forces, aviation support, and logistical capabilities into a cohesive unit capable…

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