Japan Missile Defense Flight Test Successful Through Intercept

September 12, 2018 – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announce the successful completion of an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. The event, designated Japan Flight Test Mission-05 (JFTM-05), was conducted in order to demonstrate a successful engagement of a target missile from the JS ATAGO using the sea-based midcourse engagement capability provided by Aegis BMD. The JFTM-05 test event verified the newest BMD engagement capability…

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JMSDF on Trends of Russian Navy Vessels

September 3, 2018 (Google Translation) – From Wednesday, August 29 (Wednesday) around 2 AM to August 30 (Thursday) around 8 AM, “Makiri” belonging to the SDF No. 15 escort group (Otomine) and belonging to the second air group “P-3C” (Hachinohe) confirmed the following 14 Russian Navy ships. (1) From around 2 o’clock on August 29 (Wednesday) to around 3:30 in the morning, about northwest of Rebun Island One Steregsichy class frigate eastward traveling 110 km waters, Gresha Two Class V mini frigates, six Tarantul Class III missile escort patrol boats,…

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China Sends Type 054A Frigate for Provocation in Japanese EEZ

August 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – On the trends of Chinese naval vessels On August 28 (Tue) around 4 p.m., the Maritime Self-Defense Force No. 3 missile boat belongs to “Shirataka” (Sasebo) going north east along the waters of about 130 km southwest of Shima Tsushima Chinese navy junka I confirmed a grade II frigate. After that, the ship northwarded the Tsushima Strait, temporarily advanced into the Sea of Japan, but 29 I confirmed that I sailed down the Tsushima Strait on Sunday (Wednesday) and sailed towards the East China…

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Russian Project 1124ME Ust Ilimsk & Korets in Japanese EEZ

August 28, 2018 (Google Translation) – On August 28 (Tue) around 4:00 am, the Maritime Self-Defense Force belongs to the 15th Escort Guard “Mamori” (Large Minato), but the Russian Navy Grisha V (Project 1124ME) Ust Ilimsk (362) and Korets (390), which goes eastwards about 140 km west northwest of Cape Soya. We confirmed 2 class compact frigates. After that, I confirmed that the vessel navigated the Sōya Strait.

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WASP ARG Conducts PASSEX with JMSDF

August 26, 2018 – Ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with attached 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, partnered with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) JS Osumi (LST 4001) to conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX), Aug. 26. During a PASSEX, multiple ships sail in formation to practice communications and maneuvering procedures. Participating in this PASSEX with the Ohsumi was USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48) and Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86). The exercise allowed the ships…

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NATO Maritime Group Sails with Japanese Training Squadron

August 22, 2018 – Yesterday, Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force training squadron that is currently sailing in the Baltic Sea. SNMG1 spent the day with JMSDF cadet training vessel JS Kashima and the destroyer JS Makinami. Japan is one of a number of countries beyond the Euro-Atlantic area with which NATO is developing relations. These partners are often referred to as “partners across the globe.” NATO and Japan are strengthening relations to address shared security challenges,…

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Ronald Reagan CSG & JMSDF conduct bilateral training

August 16, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG), JS Kirishima, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) personnel from the Commander, Escort Division (CCD) 6 embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) started bilateral training, Aug. 14. CSG units and JMSDF units worked together and participated in an air defense exercise, communication evolutions, and provided support for aircraft squadrons embarked aboard Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). “Working side by side we have used this opportunity to train together to further streamline our communications through exercises and…

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JMSDF Training Squadron Visits Barcelona

Google Translation By Antoni Casinos This Japanese naval division is in the midst of a midships instruction cruise around the world, commanding the flotilla is Rear Admiral Iroyuki Izumi, who in turn is the director of the Naval Academy of Etajima in the city of Hiroshima. Destroyer Makinami DD-112 (Antoni Casinos Va) The Kashima and Makinami ships come from the Saudi port of Jeddah, from which they departed on July 17 and arrive in Barcelona on the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Spain and Japan. During their stay in Barcelona, ​​the crew…

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More than 38,000 Guests Visit Fleet Activities Yokosuka for Friendship Day

More than 38,000 people braved Japan’s summer heat to visit U.S. Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka for the installation’s annual Friendship Day festival, Aug. 4. This year marked the 42nd time this base, just 36 miles south of Tokyo, opened its gates for the summer event. Visitors enjoyed sampling American food and watching a variety of entertainment at Yokosuka venues, but this year’s big draws rested at FLEACT Yokosuka’s waterfront where visitors got a chance to tour ships of both the 7th Fleet’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces and a ship from…

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JMSDF Spots DPRK Tanker An San 1 Smuggling POL November 29

Google translation 1. On November 29 th (Friday), the North Korean flagship tanker “AN SAN 1” (IMO number: 7303803) and vessels of unknown shipping name are shipped to the offshore of the East China Sea (offshore 350 km southeast of Shanghai) “Sendai” (Maizuru) belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force 14 escort group confirmed that it is crossing. 2. Both vessels may have been engaged in some work since they had connected a coil (hose) after crossing, and as a result of a comprehensive judgment by the government, it was decided that the…

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PLA Navy Hospital Ship Peace Ark Sails Through Japanese Waters

Google Translation Around 4:30 am today (June 29), a Chinese Navy hospital ship monitored by the Maritime Self – Defense Force entered Japan ‘s connected waters north of Taisho Island, the Senkaku Islands. After that, the Japan Coast Guard patrol boat sent a radio call to the vessel and monitored and warned, and around 5:30 am on the same day, the ship originated from Japan connected water area in the northeast of Taisho Island Did.

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Suspected transshipment of offshore goods by North Korea’s flagship tanker “YU PHYONG 5”

1. On the morning of June 21, Thursday, June 21, the morning North Korean flagship tanker “YU PHYONG 5” (IMO number: 8605026) and a small ship unknown to the ship were offshore of the East China Sea (offshore of about 400 km southeast of Shanghai) Also on the next Friday, the 22nd (Friday), a small ship of unknown nautical origin which seems to be the same as the previous day with the North Korean flagship tanker “YU PHYONG 5” is on the offshore of the East China Sea “Hama” (Sasebo) belonging…

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JMSDF, DESRON 15 train in the Indo-Pacific

Personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) embarked the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), June 16 – 23. While embarked aboard Reagan, JMSDF and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 participated in bilateral training increasing interoperability between their units. “By sailing and training together we can learn procedures needed for improving operational as well as tactical interoperability in planning and executing processes,” said Captain Koji Saito, Commander, Escort Division Two. The bilateral training included integrating JMSDF and DESRON 15 personnel in carrier strike group support training and an anti-submarine…

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Exercise Malabar 2018 Concludes

Trilateral maritime exercise Malabar 2018 was conducted off the coast of Guam from June 7 through June 16. Initiated in 1992 as an exercise between the U.S. and Indian Navy, Malabar 2018 is the 22nd rendition of the exercise and included the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), a regular participant since 2015. The exercise accomplished maritime interoperability training objectives among the three maritime forces, emphasizing high-end war fighting skills, maritime superiority, and power projection. This is the first year that Malabar was conducted in the Guam operation area. The two-phase…

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