Melbourne visits Sasebo

HMAS Melbourne recently visited Sasebo as the first of three port visits across Japan as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment. The visit was primarily for resupply and crew respite, so the crew made the most of the opportunity taking time out to see the sights. Some members of the crew also travelled to the historical city of Nagasaki, infamous for the atomic bomb attack at 11:02am on 9 August 1945. The atomic bomb was nicknamed ‘Fat Man’ and it changed the Japanese landscape forever after exploding. Lieutenant Commander Tony…

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Enoshima Class Minesweeper

The minesweeper Enoshima is the first minesweeper in the JMSDF fleet to be made from fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), instead of the conventional wood-built vessels. The Enoshima class minesweeper is also one of the largest vessels in the world. This FRP-built minesweeper is difficult to detect by magnetic resonance mines, as wood-built vessels are. This type of vessel is expected to play an active role not only in Japan, but overseas as well, given the fact it offers superior durability and is lighter weight than conventional wood-built vessels. Specifications ▷Displacement: 570t (standard) ▷Crew: approx. 45 ▷Length: 60m…

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JMSDF sailors visit Pacific Fleet Museum

Crews of the destroyer Hurasame and training vessel Kashima of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) visited a historical museum of the Pacific Fleet and its branches – the S-56 submarine museum and Krasnyy vympel memorial ship. The visitors have learned about the Pacific Fleet history. The sailors also paid a visit to the Branch of Voroshilov Battery Military Historical museum where they observed under-turret and technical rooms. The visit of JMSDF warships will last five days. During this period, an extensive entertainment program is planned for the grew including…

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Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt visit Sasebo

In pursuance of India’s Act East Policy and demonstration of India’s commitment to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region, Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt are visiting Sasebo, Japan from 12th to 15th October 2017. The visit of these ships is part the Indian Government’s initiatives to strengthen the long standing, mutually supportive and strong relationship between Japan and India. This historic relationship spans across the entire spectrum of engagement between both countries – cultural, spiritual, economic and security. The visiting Indian Naval ships will engage with the JMSDF…

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Dechaineux dives into tri-lateral submarine exercise

Australian Navy submarine HMAS Dechaineux, has recently joined four Japanese submarines and United States Navy Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Key West in a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force trilateral exercise in waters south of Japan. The Submarine Competition (known as SUBCOMP) aims to further the anti-submarine warfare integration of the three navies, stressing each crew’s responses and tactics. The top performer is recognized with the Japanese Battle Efficiency Award. Commander Grady Hill, Key West’s Commanding Officer thought his crew performed well. “The crew found this exercise to be an…

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USS Key West Participates in Tri-Lateral Submarine Exercise

USS Key West (SSN 722) participated in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Tri-Lateral Submarine Competition (SUBCOMP) exercise in waters south of Japan, which also included participation by a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine, from Sept. 12 to 19. The SUBCOMP exercise provided an excellent opportunity to further the integration and tri-lateral coordination in an Anti-submarine warfare environment for the three navies. This year’s SUBCOMP involved four JMSDF submarines, a RAN Collins-class submarine HMAS Dechaineux (SSG 76) and Key West. The competition stressed each crew’s ability to conduct various aspects…

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Update on JMSDF Somalia Air Operations for March

April 14, 2017 – Aerial activities of P-3C patrol aircraft off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden Record of Mission (As of March, 2017) 1. Number of flights 22 flights (Accumulated Total (AT): 1,768 flights) 2. Flight hours Approx. 180 hours (AT: Approx. 13,570 hours) 3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships Approx. 1,800 ships (AT: Approx. 146,800 ships) 4. Number of the information provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships Approx. 70 times (AT: Approx. 12,620 times) 5. Specific Cases which requires action…

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Update on JMSDF Somalia Surface Operations for March

Escort operations performed by MSDF units (Deployed Maritime Units) off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden Record of Mission (As of March, 2017) 1. Direct Escort (1) Number of direct escort operations: 7 times (775th – 781th) (The 734th – 740th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law) (2) Number of escorted vessels: 11 vessels (AT of 3,774 escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law) [Breakdown] – Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 17) – Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 1…

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USN, ROKN, and JMSDF conduct anti-submarine warfare

April 2, 2017 – Vessels and aircraft from the United States Navy, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will conduct a trilateral anti-submarine exercise Apr. 4-6 (Korea/Japan standard time) in seas in the vicinity of Korea and Japan to promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will consist of: submarine search, fix, and tracking; high-value unit protection and anti-submarine defense maneuvers. The exercise is being executed on the heels of Exercise Foal Eagle 2017, an annual joint…

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Carrier Strike Group 1, JMSDF conduct bilateral operations

March 29, 2017 – Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) concluded an at-sea bilateral exercise in the East China Sea, March 29. The U.S. Navy and JMSDF operated together March 26-29 to increase proficiency in basic maritime skills and improve response capabilities. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) were accompanied by JMSDF destroyers JS Hamagiri (DD-155), JS Samidare (DD-106), JS Sazanami (DD-113), JS…

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