On the trends of submarine submarines and Chinese naval vessels (1st report)

Google Translation On Wednesday, January 10 (Wednesday afternoon), the Maritime Self-Defense Force Episode 6 escort ship “Oonami” (Yokosuka) and the fifth flight group affiliation “P-3C” (Naha) are connecting waters in the east-northeast of Miyakojima (Okinawa Prefecture) I confirmed a submarine to go north west. After that, the submarine continued northwestward, and went out of the connected waters of the northern northeast of Miyakojima in the morning of January 11 (Thursday), into the East China Sea. Furthermore, the submarine confirmed that it entered Japan’s connected watershed in the morning of January…

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DPRK lashes out at Japan for joining military drill with US

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday lashed out at Japan for strengthening military cooperation with the United States, calling it an anti-DPRK move. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had vowed that Japan would “keep itself on a high alert based on the firm Japan-U.S. alliance” after the DPRK test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month. Accusing Tokyo of “building public opinion, reversing black and white,” the commentary said Japan “is motivated by the cunning calculation…

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US-Japan Complete 3JA Exercise

USS Chief (MCM 14), Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) units successfully completed exercise 3JA Nov. 28. The exercise, which lasted three days, was part of a series of exercises held between U.S. and Japan forces in order to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine countermeasure operations. USS Chief hosted JMSDF members aboard to build bonds and share tactics on mine countermeasure operations. EODMU 5 embarked the Uraga class…

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JMSDF Statement on launch of ballistic missiles by North Korea

1. North Korea seems to have launched one ballistic missile in the east direction from around Pyeongseong on the western coast of North Korea around 3:18 am today. Although the details are currently being analyzed, the ballistic missile launched flies approximately 53 minutes and reaches the Japan Sea (in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of our country) about 250 km west of Aomori prefecture around 4:11 It is estimated that it fell. It is estimated that the flight distance is about 1,000 km and the maximum altitude greatly exceeds 4,000 km. 2. In response…

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USS Chief departs Sasebo for 3JA MCM exercise with Japanese

USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Sasebo Nov. 21 to join Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) MCM ships and aircraft in MCM exercise 3JA. MCMEX 3JA is part of an annual series of bilateral exercises held between the U.S. and Japan to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine countermeasure operations. This will be the second year that Chief will participate in the U.S.-Japan bilateral exercise and follows its recent participation in the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise with the Republic of Korea and United Nation Command Sending States. “Chief is excited…

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U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct Annual Exercise

The 2017 edition of Annual Exercise, a bilateral maritime field training exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy (USN), will be conducted Nov. 16-26. Approximately 14,000 U.S. personnel will participate, from units including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. Annual Exercise, the premier training event between USN and JMSDF, is designed…

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SAREX Search & Rescue Exercise takes place in Peter the Great Gulf

In late November, the Pacific Fleet and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are holding the SAREX Search & Rescue Exercise. In course of a planning conference, sides agreed on time and location of the exercise in Vladivostok. In accordance with reached agreements, the destroyer Hamagiri of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is arriving in Vladivostok on November 20.

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Chafee conducts trilateral PASSEX with Indian Navy and JMSDF in 7th Fleet

USS Chafee (DDG 90) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Indian navy ships, INS Satpura (F48) and INS Kadmatt (P29) as well as Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Inazuma (DD-105) Nov. 3-6. PASSEXs like this arise when maritime forces from two or more regional countries are operating in the same area and take advantage of the opportunity to train together. This PASSEX builds on previous maritime training events, including exercise Malabar this past summer. During this PASSEX, the ships exchanged Navy liaison officers (LNOs) and exercised…

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US, Japan, Korea Conduct BMD Exercise

The maritime forces of the United States, Japan, and Republic of Korea are conducting a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) Oct. 24 – 25 in seas east of the Korean peninsula and waters near Japan to promote communications, interoperability and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to exchange track data among all the participating ships. It will allow participants to enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense, and strengthen partnerships and situational awareness. U.S. participants include USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Milius…

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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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