Search and Rescue: U.S. and Japanese Forces Work Together

Crew members with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) lift U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Yohan Bae, a pilot with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, into a UH-60J helicopter during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)
Crew members with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) lift U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Yohan Bae, a pilot with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, into a UH-60J helicopter during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

Crew members with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) lift U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Yohan Bae, a pilot with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, into a UH-60J helicopter during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Col. Masahiro Oyama, Chief of Defense Plans and Programs Section, Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force observes a JASDF UH-60J at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Oyama visited MAG-12 to see a combined search and rescue exercise between JASDF and MAG-12 units aimed at improving overall coordination with WADF and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)
Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Col. Masahiro Oyama, Chief of Defense Plans and Programs Section, Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force observes a JASDF UH-60J at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Oyama visited MAG-12 to see a combined search and rescue exercise between JASDF and MAG-12 units aimed at improving overall coordination with WADF and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Douglas DeWolfe, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, right, and Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Col. Masahiro Oyama, Chief of Defense Plans and Programs Section, Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force observe a JASDF UH-60J at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Oyama visited MAG-12 to observe a combined search and rescue exercise between JASDF and MAG-12 units aimed at improving overall coordination with WADF and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Douglas DeWolfe, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, left, and Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Col. Masahiro Oyama, Chief of Defense Plans and Programs Section, Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force observe a JASDF UH-60J at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Oyama visited MAG-12 to observe a combined search and rescue exercise between JASDF and MAG-12 units aimed at improving overall coordination with WADF and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

Crew members with Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) instruct U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12 on search and rescue procedures in a JASDF UH-60J at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

Crew members with Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) instruct U.S. Marines with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12 on search and rescue procedures in a JASDF UH-60J at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Douglas Dewolfe, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, right, and Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Col. Masahiro Oyama, Chief of Defense Plans and Programs Section, Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force review a brief at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Oyama visited MAG-12 to observe a combined search and rescue exercise between JASDF and MAG-12 units aimed at improving overall coordination with WADF and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Douglas Dewolfe, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, left, and Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Col. Masahiro Oyama, Chief of Defense Plans and Programs Section, Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force observe a JASDF UH-60J at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Oyama visited MAG-12 to observe a combined search and rescue exercise between JASDF and MAG-12 units aimed at improving overall coordination with WADF and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

U.S. Marine Corps Col. Lance Lewis, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, (left), Japan Air Self Defense Force Col. Masahiro Oyama, Chief of Defense Plans and Programs Section, Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force (center) and Col. Douglas DeWolfe, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, pose for a photo at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Oyama visited MAG-12 to observe a combined search and rescue exercise between JASDF and MAG-12 units aimed at improving overall coordination with WADF and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Col. Masahiro Oyama, Chief of Defense Plans and Programs Section, Headquarters, Western Air Defense Force visits Marine Aircraft Group 12 aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, June 29, 2020. Oyama visited MAG-12 to see a combined search and rescue exercise between JASDF and MAG-12 units aimed at improving overall coordination with WADF and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harmon)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Master Sgt. Kouichi Masumitsu, a pararescueman, descends into the sea to recover aircrew with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

Crew members with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) secure and check U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Yohan Bae, a pilot with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

Crew members with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) lift U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Yohan Bae, a pilot with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, into a UH-60J helicopter during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

Crew members with Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) recover U.S. Marines with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

Crew members with Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) swim to recover U.S. Marines with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

Crew members with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) search for U.S. Marines with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

Japan Air Self-Defense Force crew members prepare the UH-60J helicopter to recover U.S. Marines with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 during a combined search and rescue exercise off the coast of Japan, June 29, 2020. The units participated in a combined search and rescue exercise aimed at improving overall coordination with Western Air Defense Force and air rescue squadrons during real-world search and rescue operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackson Ricker)

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