Special Forces Group (Japan)
|Special Forces Group|
Official Japanese Special Operations Group Flag
|Active||March 27, 2004–present|
|Branch||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
Domestic and International Counter-Terrorism
|Size||Classified, estimated 300|
|Part of||Ground Self-Defense Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Narashino Garrison, Funabashi, Chiba|
|Nickname(s)||SFGp/Special Forces Group |
TOKUSENGUUN,TOKUSEN (In Japanese)
SOG/Special Operations Group (Old Name)
|Takanori Hirata (Colonel)|
|SFGp Pin Badge|
The Special Forces Group (特殊作戦群 Tokushusakusengun) is the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's counter-terrorist unit established by the former Japanese Defense Agency to counter terrorist activities and deter guerrilla-style attacks on Japanese soil and to conduct military operations, like the 1st Airborne Brigade, against guerrillas or enemy commandos. The unit is based in Narashino, Chiba garrison in Funabashi, Chiba with the 1st Airborne Brigade. The unit was formerly known as the Special Operations Group.
In 1998, the Japan Defense Agency had proposed the formation of a unit in the JGSDF that would handle tasks such as counter-terrorism with a selected group of JGSDF soldiers from the 1st Airborne Brigade sent to the United States to be trained by Delta Force operators. At the same time, two platoons were created from the brigade as a means of creating the unit's foundations. These consist of the G Platoon (Formation Unit) and the S Platoon (Research Unit).
The establishment of the unit's framework had been completed in 2003, after 3 years of training and organisation. The unit's structure is based on that of the United States Army's Delta Force and Green Berets.
In 2005, the SFGp had deployed four of its operators to serve as bodyguards for the Japanese commander of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's contingent in Iraq under the Japanese Iraq Reconstruction and Support Group.
The unit changed its name on March 26, 2008 from SOG to SFGp or the Special Forces Group.
The SFGp conducted one of their few exercises before the presence of the Australian and Japanese prime ministers on January 18, 2018.
- Commander (Led by a Colonel)
- Executive Officers (Led by a Lieutenant Colonel)
- 1st Department (General Affairs)
- 2nd Department (Intelligence)
- 3rd Department (Planning)
- 4th Department (Supply)
- Headquarters Administration Unit (Led by 3 Majors)
- 1st SFGp Company
- 2nd SFGp Company
- 3rd SFGp Company
- Training Unit
- Colt M4A1 SOPMOD Block I: Armed with M203s and QDSS-NT4 suppressors.
- Howa Type 89
- HK G36
- Heckler & Koch HK416
The SFGp has access to equipment used by the JGSDF, such as the Komatsu LAVs and Toyota Koukidoushas for transport and reconnaissance use. They also work in conjunction with the 1st Helicopter Brigade to provide mobility support, though they can be also deployed via C-130 Hercules aircraft.
As part of regulating and protecting the identities of the various soldiers serving in the SFGp, their faces are hidden in balaclavas and cannot be revealed except with authorization from their commanding officers. It is said that personnel cannot enter certain areas of their Narashino camp, such as the SFGp barracks, unless they have the proper identification with them.
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- Miscellaneous notes
- Official SFGp CRF Page. (in Japanese)