Country: Japan Region: Nagasaki
Latitude: 33° 10' 0" N Longitude: 129° 43' 1" E
Area use / Military Branches: Active
Combined Japanese Maritime and US forces naval base Sasebo a.k.a. US FLEet ACTivities Sasebo http://www.cnic.navy.mil/Sasebo/index.htm
Base is located on the military part of Sasebo harbour. The facility is shared by vessels of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the USNavy 7th Fleet. The base provides morale, welfare and recreation support to personnel assigned.
- Commander Amphibious Sq 11 the only permanently forward deployed amphibious squadron in the US Navy and all its assigned ships. Most of these are on Temporary DutY (TDY) assignment for 3 or 6 months.
- USMC Detachment.
- Mine Countermeasures Sq 1 has 2 minesweepers forward deployed to Sasebo.
Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force:
- Fleet Escort Force (Flotilla 2)
- 1st and 2nd Amphibious Rapid Deployment Regiments
These are 2 of the 4 units of the new Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) which has been activated in April 2018
ARDB is an appx 2.000 personnel strong marines component specialized in to repel and recapture islands from other occupying forces.
Before its activation extensive advice and support was obtained from the USMC.
That is why the brigade has been modeled after a USMC Marine Expeditionary Unit
Once operational (to be expected 2020) the brigade will be upgrade to 3.000 personnel operating Amphibious Assault Vehicles and V-22 Ospreys
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