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13th Brigade (Japan)
JGSDF 13th Brigade
13th Brigade Distinctive Unit Insignia
Country Flag of Japan.svg Japan
Branch Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Service history
Active 29 March 1999 – present
Size Brigade
Part of Central Army
Commanders Maj. Gen. Toshiaki Numa

The 13th Brigade (第13旅団?) is one of six active brigades of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The brigade is subordinated to the Central Army and is headquartered in Kaita, Hiroshima. Its responsibility is the defense of the Chūgoku region.

The brigade was formed on 29 March 1999 with units from the disbanded 13th Infantry Division.


  • 13th Brigade, in Kaita
    • 13th Brigade HQ, in Kaita
    • 13th Tank Company, in Nagi
    • three battalion sized infantry regiments
      • 8th Infantry Regiment, in Yonago
      • 17th Infantry Regiment, in Yamaguchi
      • 46th Infantry Regiment, in Kaita
    • 13th Artillery Battalion, in Nagi, with three batteries of FH-70 155mm towed howitzers
    • 13th Reconnaissance Company, in Izumo, with Type 87 armored reconnaissance vehicle
    • 13th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Company, in Nagi
    • 13th Combat Engineer Company, in Kaita
    • 13th Signal Company, in Kaita
    • 13th Aviation Squadron, in Hōfu, flying UH-1J and OH-6D helicopters
    • 13th Logistic Support Battalion, in Kaita

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