Jul 3, 2014

Sergeant Nagai Tukasa, a mortarman with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 12 Infantry Regiment, prepares to submerge during shallow water egress training (SWET) at Camp Hansen’s pool, June 26. The SWET course covered how to use a breathing regulator and flotation device as well as techniques on how to escape an aircraft while submerged underwater. The involvement of JGSDF soldiers in the MEU’s regularly-scheduled training comes in response to the April 2012 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee, also known as the 2+2, statement calling for the enhancement of bilateral security and defense cooperation. (U.S. Marine Photo by Cpl. Henry J. Antenor)

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