japan's millitary power - Page 2




 
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March 4th, 2005  
Snauhi
 
Flame Japan?
March 4th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
i think he's talking about japanese NAVY, not the japanese marines
March 4th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Like I said, I don't believe the Japanese Self Defense Force has Marines. Why would it? It doesn't fit the mission profile. The Marines are a mainly OFFENSIVE arm.
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March 4th, 2005  
IAmFighter
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Like I said, I don't believe the Japanese Self Defense Force has Marines. Why would it? It doesn't fit the mission profile. The Marines are a mainly OFFENSIVE arm.
Not quite true. When most people talk about Marines, they usually think of large waves of infantry hitting the beaches of Iwo Jima. However, the original purpose of a nation's Marines was to serve aboard warships and board enemy vessels in times of war, along with acting as sharpshooters to pick off naval officers directing the battle aboard a hostile ship. Also, as evidenced by the raid led by Lt. Steven Decatur in Tripoli Harbor, Marines also acted as a sort of early special operations unit at times.

Now, amphibious warfare operations is a primary mission of today's Marines, but back during World War II, a very large amount of amphibious landings, and all the landings in Europe, were made by Regular Army units, such as the US 3rd Infantry Division in Italy and Southern France, and the 1st Infantry Division in Normandy. Only in the Pacific Theater were there large scale landings by US Marines, and even here, a good amount of these operations were made my US Army troops.

Also, in a lot of nations, Marines serve mostly as elite infantry units, instead of as amphibious assault troops.
March 5th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Yes but I mean the CURRENT Marines and their main mission profile. Guarding ships and installations is a very very secondary task compared to amphibious warfare.
Also, perhaps Marines serving in primarily defensive tasks could be something unique to the US, UK and perhaps Spain as well.
And as Elite regular troops, this is made in the idea that they will be offensive units, while regulars secure areas they have already taken. So still in modern day, Marines are an offensive arm.
March 5th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
Japan used to have the Riekusenti (sp) that served as a Naval Infantry Landing Force. They were a small unit, and made up of Sailors and Navy Officers. They served a Marine Type purpose. I don't know if any formations still exsist.
March 8th, 2005  
MarchingBandGuy
 
 
My uncle lived in Japan for 7 years and tried to join there Navy but they wouldnt let him. But he said there far more developed then people realize. I've seen pictures of there boats and there heavly armored and smaller to go faster. I'm not saying there 2nd best im just saying there navy is a force to be reconed with.. but isn't most Island countrys?