U.S. Marines with Weapons Co., 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force work side-by-side firing mortar systems in Chitose, Japan, on Aug. 13, 2017 during Northern Viper 17. The Marines and JGSDF worked together to strengthen their knowledge of the different methods of firing mortar systems. Northern Viper maintains and strengthens the U.S.-Japan alliance.
U.S. Marines work alongside the Japanese Ground-Self Defense Force on the Light Armored Vehicle range in Hokudaien, Japan in support of Northern Viper, Aug. 13th, 2017. Northern Viper is a combined-joint exercise held to enhance regional cooperation between participating nations to collectively deter security threats. The Marines are with, Dragoons Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.