6th Division (Japan)

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6th Division
JGSDF 6th Division.svg
Active15 August 1962 – present
Country Japan
Branch Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
TypeInfantry division
Part ofJGSDF North Eastern Army.svg North Eastern Army
Garrison/HQHigashine
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt. Gen. Akira Kawasaki

The 6th Division (第6師団, Dai-roku Shidan) is one of nine active divisions of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The division has been subordinated to the North Eastern Army and is headquartered in at JGSDF Camp Jinmachi located in Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture in northern Japan. Its responsibility is the defense of Fukushima, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures.

The division was raised on 15 August 1962. The division contributed 500 troops to the Japanese Iraq Reconstruction and Support Group under the United Nations in 2004.

Watching march of the 51st anniversary of the 6th Division · 57th anniversary of the Kami Town Residential Area (June 23, 2013)

Organization[edit]

  • 6th Division, in Higashine
    • 6th Division HQ, in Higashine
    • 6th Tank Battalion, in Taiwa, with two squadrons of Type 74 tanks
    • 20th Infantry Regiment note 1, in Higashine
    • 22nd Infantry Regiment, in Tagajō, with four infantry and one heavy mortar company
    • 44th Infantry Regiment, in Fukushima, with four infantry and one heavy mortar company
    • 6th Artillery Regiment, in Kōriyama, with four infantry and one heavy mortar company
      • 1st Artillery Battalion, with two batteries of FH-70 155mm towed howitzers
      • 2nd Artillery Battalion, with two batteries of FH-70 155mm towed howitzers
      • 3rd Artillery Battalion, with two batteries of FH-70 155mm towed howitzers
    • 6th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, in Kōriyama, with a Type 81 and a Type 93 Surface-to-air missile squadron
    • 6th Combat Engineer Battalion, in Higashine
    • 6th Signal Battalion, in Higashine
    • 6th Reconnaissance Company, in Taiwa, with Type 87 armored reconnaissance vehicle
    • 6th Aviation Squadron, at Yamagata Airport, flying UH-1J and OH-6D helicopters
    • 6th NBC Protection Company, in Higashine
    • 6th Logistic Support Regiment, in Higashine
      • 1st Maintenance Battalion
      • 2nd Maintenance Battalion
      • Supply Company
      • Medical Company
      • Transport Company

note 1: Infantry Regiments have only battalion strength.

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