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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JMSDF Shadows Two Project 12411RE FACs

August 1,2019 (Google Translation) (Yoichi) is a Tarantul class III missile heading west in the sea area about 35km north-northeast of Cape Soya. Two escort patrol boats were confirmed. They were identified as R-20 (921) and R-19 (978). Later, it was confirmed that these ships sailed west on the Soya Strait and sailed toward the Sea of Japan. These ships are the same as those that sailed east on the Soya Strait on Friday, June 21.

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Exercise Talisman Sabre Concludes

July 27, 2019 – The closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today, marking the conclusion of Australia’s largest bilateral defence exercise with the United States. Over 1,000 personnel embarked on the USS Wasp to formally close the exercise and farewell those who participated over the past two weeks. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Talisman Sabre was a major success, increasing interoperability between the Australian and United States defence forces, and strengthening ties with other participating nations.…

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Show of Force

July 12, 2019 – In a demonstration of combat power, 17 warships from four nations united at first light to conduct a close-in formation at the opening stages of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019. Amphibious Assault Ship USS Wasp and Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan led the fleet with Australia’s Landing Helicopter Docks HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra and Japan’s helicopter destroyer JS Ise formed up in close proximity. Other warships from Canada, Japan, the United States and Australia, including the frigates HMA Ships Melbourne and Parramatta, escorted the show of…

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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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