An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Dec. 12, 2022

Yama Sakura 83 Enhances Security Interests of Allies and Partners in Indo-Pacific

By Spc. Richard Carlisi U.S. Army Japan

CAMP ASAKA, Japan -- U.S. Army and Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces (JGSDF) wrapped up Yama Sakura 83 (YS 83), an annual bilateral exercise designed to increase joint force lethality, enhance design and posture, strengthen alliances and partnerships, exercises, experimentation and innovation while focusing on multi-domain and cross-domain operations.

“We have learned much from each other over the course of YS 83,” said Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson, commanding general of America’s First Corps. “We have built stronger personal bonds, developed human, procedural, and technical interoperability between our two forces, strengthening our more than six decade alliance.”

Committed to working with its allies and partners to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific, the United States has built a land power network spanning the Indo-Pacific dedicated to defending peace and security in the region.

“This exercise showcases our reassurance with our presence and our deterrence to potential hostile actors in the region,” said Maj. Gen. Joel Vowell, commanding general of United States Army Japan. “Our message is clear. They will see our deep resolve and collective strength in working together to deter their unbridled aggression here at the knife edge of freedom.”

YS 83 marked the 42nd iteration of this annual Japan-based exercise that began in 1982. The main objective is to enhance American and Japanese combat readiness and cohesiveness, strengthen bilateral and joint relationships and demonstrate America’s shared resolve to support the security interests of allies and partners throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

“Understanding your partner’s capabilities, culture and ways of thinking are absolutely vital,” said Lt. Gen. Tadao Maeda, commanding general of JGSDF Ground Component Command. “The biggest significance is we can train and improve our operational capabilities in a bilateral operation given any situation.”

The exercise comprised approximately 1,200 U.S. personnel with simulation, assessment and support personnel, including 4,500 JGSDF members. Participants exchanged ideas, tactics, techniques and overall military experiences throughout the exercise.

“I have no doubt in my mind that we are all better and more prepared Soldiers,” said Brunson. “Our alliance with Japan serves as the key to integrated deterrence and regional security, and YS 83 far exceeded any expectation I had to develop interoperability and build partnerships.”

YS 83 was the largest joint and bilateral command post exercise co-sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific and the JGSDF to date. Additional participants included the 11th Airborne Division, 7th Infantry Division, JGSDF Ground Component Command, JGSDF Western Army, JGSDF Northern Army, U.S. 3rd Marine Division, JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade and U.S. Army Japan.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
337,189
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
U.S., South Korea Want Peace in Indo-Pacific
Jan. 31, 2023 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III stressed that the goal of the U.S.-South Korean alliance is peace — not conflict — following meetings in Seoul, South Korea, today.The secretary made the remarks at a news conference...

U.S. Army Advisors Strengthen Partnership in Thailand
Sgt. 1st Class Justin Babb takes part in close quarters battle rehearsals with members of the Royal Thai Army. Babb is part of an SFAB Team assigned to Force Package 23-1, the 5th SFAB's forward-deployed element.
Jan. 31, 2023 - NAKHON NAYOK, Thailand – Three Advisor Teams from 2nd Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade partnered with the Royal Thai Army across Thailand during a multi-month rotation into theater beginning in October 2022...

U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Travels to Papua New Guinea
Indo-Pacific Command, traveled to Papua New Guinea
Jan. 30, 2023 - PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea -- Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, traveled to Papua New Guinea January 29-30 to underscore the U.S. commitment to advance shared interests toward building a...

Austin Looks to Build on Strengths of Alliances With South Korea, the Philippines
In this file photo, an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Blue Diamonds” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 approaches for an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is in 7th Fleet conducting routine operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Jan. 30, 2023 - WASHINGTON -- The security environment in the Indo-Pacific is growing more complex and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will meet with allies in the Republic of Korea and the Philippines to continue efforts to...

Australia, Japan, U.S. Stand Up Multinational Task Force for Cope North
Jan. 30, 2023 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Air forces from Australia, Japan, and the United States have begun arriving in Guam to establish the command and control multinational task force for Cope North (CN) 2023, which runs...