Skip to comments.US-Japan war games off the California coast imitate Chinese invasion
Posted on 06/28/2013 8:10:51 PM PDT by Red Steel
The US and Japan are preparing for a possible Chinese invasion of the Senkaku Islands. Using a small island off the coast of California, US and Japanese forces are mimicking an armed invasion and an amphibious assault to prepare for a real-life scenario.
The unprecedented drills, code-named Dawn Blitz, are being conducted on San Clemente Island, which is 75 miles northwest of San Diego, the Christian Science Monitor reports. They began with an assault led by 80 US Marines and three MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and were followed by a Japanese counterattack using 1,000 troops and two warships. Although Japanese officials claim they are not preparing to target a third country, the exercises have made Chinese officials uncomfortable.
China and Japan have long disputed the Senkaku Islands, which are located in the East China Sea but which the Japanese government purchased from private owners in 2012. The islands are uninhabited, but believed to hold rich oil and gas deposits. The purchase triggered violent protests that tens of thousands of Chinese took part in, and harmed Sino-Japanese relations.
In the months after the purchase, the Chinese navy practiced military exercises near the islands, and joint US-Japanese naval drills subsequently occurred in the waters of the island chain. The latest drills off the California coast are only adding to tensions regarding the Senkaku Islands. Chinese officials reportedly objected to the drills, but their concerns were ignored by Washington, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
"We're aware of China's objections, but from a Japanese and US perspective, the object of the exercise is to build a powerful deterrent and demonstrate that the two forces are seamlessly connected to show the Chinese that they are battle-ready," an official source familiar with Dawn Blitz told the Monitor on condition of anonymity. "There is nothing unusual in that."
The exercises began just two days after President Obama met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a California summit on June 8. But even though some believe the US is in a tricky position, the official does not believe the US is in the wrong, since the US-Japan security treaty requires the country to help Japan deter any attacks on its territory.
"I don't think Dawn Blitz puts the US in a tricky position," the official said. "They started the drill just after the Obama-Xi summit to avoid any diplomatic repercussions. But the fact that Japan and the US went ahead with the exercise also sends a message that they are on the same page when it comes to deterring possible Chinese aggression."
Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe, Japans vice chief of staff, told reporters that Japans self-defense forces (SDF) need to develop the capabilities to ward off any attacks that might occur on the remote islands.
"The defense of remote islands is a pressing issue, but the SDF [Japan's self-defense forces] has just begun training to develop such capabilities, which are required of US Marines," Japan's vice chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe, told reporters. "Japan needs to determine its defense strategy and procure necessary equipment and train SDF members for this purpose."
The US has publicly refused to take sides regarding the Senkaku Islands, but its training exercises with Japan may inadvertently cause a shift in its neutrality.
Off LAX you can see Communist Chinese submarines shooting off fireworks attempting to compete with Disneyland.
I give not a whit about whom controls the Senkaku Islands.
When was that?
Last night about 915 pm.
Ok, I realize this is not a huge deal but San Clement Island is off the coast of Santa Barbra.......not San Diego
“an assault led by 80 US Marines and three MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and were followed by a Japanese counterattack using 1,000 troops and two warships”
I think the action may be a little larger than that.
Does anyone have any idea what China’s amphibious capabilities are? I think they have one carrier, and that is being refitted. I think I just read that it took over 800 support ships for us to invade Okinawa. I do not think China is up to that. Of course they could build a bridge. They are pretty damn good with walls and transcontinental railroads; just three years to build ours.
The CSM article from June 10.
“Japanese troops to converge on Calif. in unprecedented military exercise
Japanese troops in the US: American and Japanese military officials said the training will help Japan’s Self-Defense Force better respond to crises such as natural disasters. ...”
The Chanel Island are off San Santa Barbara.
uhhh, actually San Clemente Island is closer to being off the coast of San Clemente, about 150 miles south of Santa Barbara
Does the Japanese navy still have the blueprints for the long lance torpedoes?
You could watch some landing exercise along I-5 when I lived near San Diego. Nothing quite like driving along on the freeway with a full scale invasion going on. The have underpass to get past the freeway. Back then they always found a few illeaglas while they were at it.
Santa Barbara Channel Islands:
I know it is not the end of the world, however these islands are not off San Diego.
They will invade hiding in container ships, watch out for the container ships!
They oughta conduct these exercises in front of a Wal-Mart store!
look at a map.
I do not need to, all I have to do is look out side.
The Senkaku Islands are more important than our childrens’ lives. Obviously. Ask McCain. You aren’t an isoloationist are you???
Ummm....I also say “look at a map.” It’s off San Clemente, and much closer to San Diego than Santa Barbara.
San Clemente doesn’t have a Wal-Mart. And all the buildings are blue and kinda fuzzy,
Maybe the Chinese will invade and bring capitalism to California.
The list I listed are the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, sorry that’s just what it is.
As an aside, the runway there is at the edge of a big cliff giving it some wicked winds. At night when they are doing practice landings for the Navy they shut down all the lights on the base except the red hazard lights on the hillside and the carrier box on the runway. It totally sucks, but it's the best training you can get.
Or 99.9323 and 60.8283 nautical miles.
Do pilots use nautical miles over water. And statue miles over land?
I’ve never heard that. What is your source?
Thanks for the chuckle.
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Nautical miles all the way for flying, but I pulled the distances off google earth and it was in statue miles.
I went out with her in high school. Not the most beautiful girl, but made awesome Sauerbraten.
One of these clowns tries to invade my space i will rip their frigging throat out.
At this point i have nothing to lose.
Bring it on
Did you read what I wrote?
The list I gave is called “Santa Barbara Channel Islands”.
Yeah right. Wolverines and Marines.
Who writes these articles, a communist Chinese? China is not “uncomfortable” and Japan and the USA have been military allies over 60 years. Our joint defense preparations do not “increase tensions.” It would be irresponsible not to hold these drills.
A Russian communist. RT = Russia Today
Why are we practicing protecting our coasts? We need to “do something” in Syria!!
I am really unclear why you are being so obtuse on this relatively minor issue (as you yourself stated), but my comment to the salient fact quoted above would be:
Calling the chain of Islands off the coast of California the "Santa Barbara Channel Islands" still does not place San Clemente Island off of the coast of the City of Santa Barbara. In fact the island remains where it is: off the coast of Orange and San Diego Counties.
The list of islands is called The Santa Barbara Channel Islands, not sure why that upsets you - sorry. I am going to the beach tata
If you go into the water don’t hold your breath.