Northern Army (Japan)

The Northern Army (北部方面隊, Hokubu Hōmentai) is one of five active Armies of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). It is headquartered at Camp Sapporo in Sapporo, Hokkaidō and its responsibility is the defense of the island of Hokkaidō. It is the largest Army of the JGSDF as on Hokkaidō population and geographic constraints are less limiting than elsewhere in Japan. Most of JGSDF's modern Type 90 tank squadrons are located within the Northern Army's structure.

Northern Army
JGSDF Northern Army.svg
Active15 October 1952 – present
Country Japan
Branch Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
TypeField army
Garrison/HQCamp Sapporo, Sapporo, Hokkaidō
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt. Gen. Toshiya Okabe

OrganizationEdit

  •   Northern Army, at Camp Sapporo in Sapporo
    •   2nd Division, at Camp Asahikawa in Asahikawa, responsible for the defense of North Western Hokkaidō
    •   5th Brigade, at Camp Obihiro in Obihiro, responsible for the defense of North Eastern Hokkaidō
    •   7th Division (Armored), at Camp Higashi Chitose in Chitose, responsible for the defense of Southern Hokkaidō
    •   11th Brigade, at Camp Makomanai in Sapporo, responsible for the defense of South Western Hokkaidō
    • 1st Artillery Brigade, at Camp Kita Chitose in Chitose
    • 1st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade, at Camp Higashi Chitose
    • 3rd Engineer Brigade, at Camp Eniwa in Eniwa
      • 12th Engineer Group (Construction), at Camp Iwamizawa in Iwamizawa
      • 13th Engineer Group (Construction), at Camp Horobetsu in Noboribetsu
      • 14th Engineer Group (Construction), at Camp Kamifurano in Kamifurano
      • 105th Equipment Company, at Camp Eniwa in Eniwa
      • 303rd Vehicle Company, at Camp Eniwa in Eniwa
    • Northern Army Combined Brigade (Training), at Camp Higashi Chitose
      • 52nd Infantry Regiment, at Camp Makomanai in Sapporo
      • 1st Basic Training Battalion, at Camp Higashi Chitose
      • 120th Training Battalion, at Camp Makomanai in Sapporo
      • Cold Weather Combat Training Unit, at Camp Makomanai in Sapporo
    • 1st Electric Warfare Unit (3x Electronic Warfare companies), at Higashi Chitose
    • Northern Army Signal Group (2x Signal battalions), at Camp Sapporo
    • Northern Army Aviation Group, at Camp Okadama in Sapporo
      • 1st Anti-tank Helicopter Battalion, at Camp Obihiro in Obihiro
      • Northern Army Helicopter Battalion, in Sapporo
      • Northern Army Meteorological Company, in Sapporo
      • Logistic Support Battalion, in Sapporo
    • Northern Army Logistic Support, at Camp Shimamatsu in Eniwa
    • Northern Army Finance Service, at Camp Sapporo
    • Northern Army Medical Service, at Camp Makomanai
    • Northern Army Band, at Camp Makomanai
    • Northern Army Command Post Training Support, at Camp Higashi Chitose
    • Northern Army Military Intelligence, at Camp Sapporo
    • Northern Army Ground-to-Ship and Anti-Tank Unit, at Camp Kutchan in Kutchan with 3x platoons with Type 96 Multi-Purpose Missile Systems
    • Hokkaidō Logistic Depot, at Camp Shimamatsu, overseeing 10 fuel and ammunition depots on Hokkaido Island

Note: The Japanese Defense Intelligence Headquarters also has a classified SIGINT unit based at Camp Higashi Chitose.

 
Operational Structure of the Northern Army 2016
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