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5th Brigade (Japan)

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Country  Japan
Size  Brigade
Type  Infantry
Part of  Northern Army
5th Brigade (Japan)
Active  29 March 2004 – present
Branch  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

The 5th Brigade (第5旅団) is one of six active brigades of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The brigade is subordinated to the Northern Army and is headquartered in Obihiro, Hokkaidō. Its responsibility is the defense of North Eastern Hokkaidō.

The brigade was formed on 29 March 2004 with units from the disbanded 5th Infantry Division.


  • 5th Brigade, in Obihiro
  • 5th Brigade HQ, in Obihiro
  • 5th Tank Battalion, in Shikaoi, with three Squadrons of Type 90 Main Battle Tanks
  • 4th Infantry Regiment note 1, in Obihiro, with Type 96 Armored Personnel Carriers
  • 6th Infantry Regiment, in Bihoro, with Type 96 Armored Personnel Carriers
  • 27th Infantry Regiment, in Kushiro, with Type 96 Armored Personnel Carriers
  • 5th Artillery Battalion, in Obihiro, with three batteries of Type 99 155mm Self-propelled howitzers
  • 5th Reconnaissance Company, in Betsukai, with Type 87 Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle
  • 5th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Company, in Obihiro, with Type 81 and Type 93 Surface-to-air missile systems
  • 5th Combat Engineer Company, in Obihiro
  • 5th Signal Company, in Obihiro
  • 5th Aviation Squadron, in Obihiro, flying UH-1J and OH-6D helicopters
  • 5th NBC-defense Company, in Obihiro
  • 5th Logistic Support Battalion, in Obihiro
  • note 1: Infantry Regiments have only battalion strength.


    5th Brigade (Japan) Wikipedia

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