12th Brigade (Japan)

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12th Brigade (Air Assault)
JGSDF 12th Brigade.svg
Active 13 March 2001 – present
Country  Japan
Branch  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Type Air assault brigade
Part of JGSDF Eastern Army.svg Eastern Army
Garrison/HQ Shintō
Maj. Gen. Masafumi Akamatsu

The 12th Brigade (Air Assault) (第12旅団) is one of six active brigades of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The brigade is subordinated to the Eastern Army and is headquartered in Shintō, Gunma. Its responsibility is the defense of Gunma, Nagano, Niigata and Tochigi prefectures.

The brigade was formed on 13 March 2001 with units from the disbanded 12th Infantry Division.


  • 12th Brigade, in Shintō
    • 12th Brigade HQ, in Shintō
    • 2nd Infantry Regiment note 1, in Jōetsu
    • 13th Infantry Regiment, in Matsumoto
    • 30th Infantry Regiment, in Shibata
    • 12th Artillery Battalion, in Utsunomiya, with four batteries of FH-70 155mm towed howitzers
    • 12th Reconnaissance Company, in Shintō, with Type 87 armored reconnaissance vehicle
    • 12th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battery, in Shintō, with Type 81 and Type 93 Surface-to-air missile systems
    • 12th Combat Engineer Company, in Takasaki
    • 12th Signal Company, in Shintō
    • 12th Aviation Squadron, in Shintō, flying UH-1J and OH-6D helicopters
    • 12th NBC-defense Company, in Shintō
    • 12th Logistic Support Battalion, in Takasaki

note 1: Infantry Regiments have only battalion strength.

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