Lockheed Martin’s Latest Generation Radar Designated AN/SPY-7(V)1

November 14, 2019 – The world’s latest generation solid-state radar technology, formerly known as Lockheed Martin’s Solid State Radar (LM SSR), has been designated as AN/SPY-7(V)1 by the United States government. The designation of AN/SPY-7(V)1 is a direct reflection of the maturity and capability of Lockheed Martin’s solid-state radar technology. The Japanese Ministry of Defense selected AN/SPY-7(V)1 for two planned Aegis Ashore installations in 2018. Additionally, variants of AN/SPY-7(V)1 will be used by the Royal Canadian Navy for the Canadian Surface Combatant program and the Spanish Navy for the upcoming…

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JMSDF Renews Commitment to Somalia Patrols

November 12, 2019 (Google Translation) – As the title has been decided by today’s Cabinet, we will inform you as follows. The number of incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden occurred more than 200 annually from 2009 to 2011. Due to ongoing efforts, it is currently at a low level.   However, poverty in Somalia, which is the root cause of piracy, has not yet been resolved, and there remains no change in the situation where piracy must be dealt with. In addition,…

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JMSDF, RCN, RAN & US Navy Conduct Bilateral Annual Exercise ‘19

November 11, 2019 – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy began their bilateral maritime field exercise, Annual Exercise ‘19, in the waters surrounding Japan, Nov. 10. The annual bilateral exercise provides the two allies the ability to practice and evaluate coordination procedures and interoperability elements while further building on bilateral relationships. “The bonds between JMSDF and U.S. Navy become stronger than they have ever been. Our sturdy relationship will contribute to promoting the Free and Open Indo – Pacific.” said Vice Adm. Hiroyuki Kasui, commander in…

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U.S., Philippines, Japan kick off Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

October 13, 2019 – The U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) began Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama with an opening ceremony in Puerto Princesa, Oct. 14. This is the third iteration of MTA Sama Sama, a maritime exercise designed to promote regional security cooperation, maintain and strengthen maritime partnerships, and enhance maritime interoperability. This is the first year the JMSDF will participate, alongside U.S. and Philippine naval counterparts. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, who oversees security cooperation for…

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USS McCampbell Kicks Off Malabar 2019 in Sasebo

September 26, 2019 – USS McCampbell (DDG 85), assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, led the commencement of Exercise Malabar 2019, Sep. 25, in port Sasebo. An annual, multinational, naval field training exercise, Malabar is designed to improve the collective maritime relationship between the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and U.S. Navy. “It is a privilege to have our surface forces participate in Malabar 2019. This exercise continues to enhance the interoperability of our maritime forces with two of our premier partners in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Capt.…

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Indian, Japanese and US Navies Taking Part in Exercise Malabar 2019

September 24, 2019 – Ships, aircraft and personnel from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), the Indian Navy (INN) and the U.S. Navy (USN) will participate in exercise Malabar 2019 off the coast of Sasebo, Japan, Sept. 26. This iteration marks the first time that the JMSDF have led Malabar, and is the latest in a continuing series of exercises that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security. “Thanks to the hard work of staffs and leaders…

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Asia Beckons for Naval Task Group

September 26, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy has begun its largest deployment of the year with more than a thousand sailors and officers bound for engagements across North and South East Asia. Departing today from Sydney, the lead element of a nine ship Task Group will participate in bilateral and multi-national activities over the next four months. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the deployment is focused on strengthening Australia’s regional defence engagement through practical cooperation activities with key partners. “From high end warfare exercises,…

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JMSDF Fleet Review October 14 Participating Ships

JS Aishima 688 JS Akebono 108 JS Ariake 109 JS Asahi 119 JS Atago 177 JS Chikuma 233 JS Chokai 175 JS Fuyuzuki 118 JS Hatakaze 171 JS Harusame 102 JS Hatsushima 606 JS Hayabusa 824 JS Hirado 305 JS Ikazuchi 107 JCG Izu PL31 JS Izumo 183 JS Kaga 184 JS Kokuryu 506 JS Kongo 173 JS Kumataka 827 JS Kunisaki 4003 JS Mashu 425 JS Murasame 101 JS Otaka 826 JS Samidare 106 JS Setoshio 599 JS Setoyuki 3518 JS Shimakaze 172 JS Soryu 501 JS Takanami 110…

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Vendémiaire Visits Sydney

September 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of its patrol mission in the zone of responsibility of the Armed Forces in New Caledonia, the Vendémiaire Surveillance Frigate made a stop in Sydney, from September 6 to 11, 2019. This new stopover of a French frigate in Australia s ‘part of the cooperation, reinforced by the FANC with its partners in the Indo-Pacific area The stopover, saw several activities run in parallel with the preparation of PASSEX. Shortly before the start of the official reception in the presence of Mrs.…

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JMSDF Shadows Russian Navy

September 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – September 17 (Tuesday), around 10 am, JMSDF 45th Mines Corps “Izushima” (Hakodate) shadowed Russian cruiser Varyag (011) and destroyer Admiral Panteleyev (548) moving westward in the waters about 65km northeast of Cape Soya. After that, these ships sailed west on the Soya Strait and sailed towards the Sea of Japan. These ships also observed August 15 (Thursday) and August 24 (Saturday) to 25th. This is the same ship that went east on the Soya Strait on Sunday.

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Japan – Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA Missiles

August 27, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of up to seventy-three (73) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA with support for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to seventy-three (73) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles. Also included are MK 29 Canisters with packing, handling, storage, and transportation…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, JMSDF sail together in Western Pacific

August 23, 2019 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group conducted combined operations with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Myoko (DDG 175) Aug. 13-23. While sailing together the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and JS Myoko conducted communication drills, Myoko acted as the horizon reference for the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations, the ships held a brief ceremony highlighting the end of World War II, and each participated in a senior leadership and liaison officer exchanges. During the exchange, JMSDF service members…

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Japan Details Assistance of Allies in Monitoring North Korean Shipping

August 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Canadian Navy frigate “Ottawa” has responded to illegal maritime activities including “Setori” of North Korean flagged vessels prohibited by the UN Security Council resolution. As a ship, we plan to conduct a third surveillance surveillance since last year. In early September, Australia is scheduled to conduct a fifth aircraft warning surveillance from last year based on the United States Armed Forces Kadena Air Base based on the UN Army Status Agreement. Japan has united the international community to realize the disposal of all…

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Japan Confirms F-35B Acquisition

August 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – Ministry of Defense is pleased to inform you that the Air Self-Defense Force’s short-range takeoff / vertical landing fighter has been decided today as follows. 1. Proposer and model: F-35B proposed by the US government 2. Reason for selection: The F-35B satisfied all the requirements for the Air Self-Defense Force’s short-range takeoff and vertical landing fighter. 3. History of model selection work: April 25, 2019 4. Hand over proposal request to requester: June 24 Receive a proposal from the proposer (US government proposal F-35B…

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JMSDF Monitors a Rare Project 956 Underway

August 15, 2019 (Google Translation) – On August 15th, JS Wakataka (PM 825) shadowed Project 1164 Varyag, Project 956 Bystriy and Project 1155 Admiral Tributs, traveling travel eastward approximately 30km north-northwest of Cape Soya. Later, it was confirmed that these vessels sailed east on the Soya Strait and sailed towards the Sea of Okhotsk.

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