They will take place in specially built decoration at the Kirishima training ground on the island of Kyushu.
Elite units of the armed forces of the United States, France, and Japan will practice fighting in urban conditions for the first time during the joint exercises that began on Tuesday. They will take place in specially constructed scenery at the Kirishima training ground on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, following the landing of air troops from the Japanese and French Navy warships there, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.
For the transfer of units, it is planned to use helicopters and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The operation, involving some 220 special forces, will simulate landing troops on remote Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, some of which are claimed by Beijing.
The exercises, which began on Tuesday, will last until May 17, with the ground part taking place at three military facilities on the island of Kyushu. The French light cruiser Jeanne d’Arc will arrive at the Sasebo naval base located in its northwest to participate in training. The armed forces of the United States and Japan have already conducted such exercises on the island of Kyushu three times, but the French military is taking part in them for the first time. In parallel with the current exercises, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said at a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday, the warships of the three countries will conduct joint training in the East China Sea. They will also be joined by an Australian Navy frigate.