NZDF Joining Multi-National Military Exercise in Australia

July 1, 2019 (released July 10, 2019) – More than 600 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel, 27 New Zealand Army light armoured vehicles, three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters and Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Canterbury are on their way to Australia for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This is the third time New Zealand has been invited to take part in the exercise, which is a bilateral, Australian-hosted and United States-supported combined exercise that is held every two years to improve combat readiness, exercise war fighting…

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Fleet Sails for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019

July 10, 2019 – Australian, United States, Japanese and New Zealand naval vessels have sailed for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019 following an opening ceremony in Brisbane this week. The ceremony, held in the Port of Brisbane on the US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, formally launched Australia’s largest bilateral exercise with the United States of America. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, CSC, said the exercise was designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the Australian and United States Armed Forces. “This premier military engagement…

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JS Izumo Provides HADR Assistance at Subic Bay

June 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of Defense will conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA / DR) seminars on the ship of the escort ship “Izumo”, which will visit the Philippines (Subic Bay) as part of the FY 1991 Indo-Pacific region dispatch training (IPD 19) of the Maritime Self-Defense Force. Japan will inform you as we will In this seminar, it will be introduced and displayed to the Philippine army etc. about the life rescue equipment of the Ground Self Defense Force, the disaster response capability of…

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US Navy Yokosuka Assists in Drydocking of JS Ensyu

July 3, 2019 – Sailors and civilian members of U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Port Operations and Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) assist Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) auxiliary, multi-purpose support ship Ensyu (AMS 4305) during a dry dock evolution for scheduled maintenance, July 2. The 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan states that when CFAY facilities and areas are temporarily not being used, the interim use of the facilities – such as Dry Docks 1, 2 and 3…

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JMSDF Monitors Russian Navy Transit

June 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – On the trend of Russian naval vessels. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force first missile boat unit “Kumaka” around 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 23. (Yoichi) is a Russian navy Stelegu going westward about 40km north-northeast of Soya Pass. We confirmed a total of 2 ships of 1 Shiti-class frigate (RFS Sovershennyy) and 1 Lopcher 1 class tank landing vessel (RFS Sovershennyy). After that, these ships went westward in the Soya Channel and sailed towards the Sea of Japan it was confirmed. In addition, these ships…

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Japan Joins Talisman Saber 19

June 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – The escort ship Ise and the transport ship “Kunisaki” are carrying out on-the-job training (Talisman Saber 19) with the US military in Australia. They are together with the Ground Self-Defense Force Aquatic Mobile Task Force and the First Helicopter Group. This training is intended not only to improve the Maritime Self Defense Force’s tactical skills but also to deepen the ability to conduct integrated operations with the Ground Self Defense Force and the joint coping ability with the United States Navy and the United…

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Wasp, JMSDF ships sail in Philippine Sea

June 16, 2019 – The Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, led by Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182), completed a transit through the Philippine Sea, June 16. “It has been great to be out at sea with our high-end partners, increasing our interoperability,” said Capt. Jim McGovern, commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Eleven. “I continue to be impressed with the JMSDF, and their complementary capabilities with the Wasp ARG and 31st MEU.” The Wasp ARG…

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JS Izumo Visits Vietnam

June 14, 2019 – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s largest destroyer is making a port call in southern Vietnam, amid China’s growing maritime presence in the region. The Izumo arrived at the strategically important Cam Ranh Bay on Friday following joint drills with the USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea. Vietnamese navy and local government officials welcomed Japanese officers. JMSDF Escort Flotilla 1 Commander Rear Admiral Hiroshi Egawa said, “Vietnam is a very important partner for Japan in ensuring the region’s peace and stability … especially for maintaining…

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List of JMSDF Facilities Where Unauthorized UAV Use is Banned

June 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – Target defense related facilities based on the provisions of the Act (2016 Law No. 9), Article 6 paragraphs 1 and 2 and paragraph 4 concerning the prohibition of the flight of small unmanned aerial vehicles etc. in the upper air of the surrounding area of ​​important facilities And we have announced that we have specified that the site or area of ​​the relevant defense related facilities and the area around the target facilities pertaining to the relevant defense related facilities will be specified. The…

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JS Suzutsuki to Arrive Vladivostok June 10 for Sarex-2019

May 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – In accordance with previously reached bilateral agreements, on June 10, the main base of the Pacific Fleet Vladivostok will be visited by the destroyer of the Japanese self-defense forces Suzunami. The ship will arrive in the capital of Primorsky Krai with a five-day business trip. During the visit, the ship will take part in the Russian-Japanese search and rescue training at sea “Sarex-2019” (SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise)). The program for the stay of Japanese sailors in Vladivostok also includes a courtesy visit to…

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