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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JMSDF Assists in SAR Effort

May 26, 2019 (Google Translation) – Japan Coast Guard’s diving search support (based on the submarine rescue ship “Chiyoda”) assisted in SAR efforts today. Two private ships (cargo ships) collided off the coast of Inusakisaki, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, on May 26 (Sun), dawn, on May 26, and one of them sank, leaving three crew members missing. At 17:30 on the 27th, the Director of the 3rd Division Coast Guard Headquarters made a request to the Self-Defense Fleet Commander (Yokosuka) to dispatch a disaster dispatch for the rescue of missing civilian…

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JMSDF Monitors Russian Task Group

April 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – Maritime Self Defense Force fifth escort force affiliation “Ariake” The Russian navy Stelevisi, who travels southwest of the sea about 150 km northeast of Upper Tsushima. A combination of Chi-class frigate, Kilo-class submarine and Igor-Belosov-class submarine rescue ship A total of 3 ships were confirmed. In addition, around April 1st (Friday) 10:00 am, Maritime Self-Defense Force 4th Air Group affiliation P-1 The Russian navy is a member of the Russian navy that travels about 180 km northeast of Upper Tsushima. We confirmed a total…

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US Submarine Participates in JMSDF SUBCOMP

February 12, 2019 – A U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class attack submarine will participate in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Submarine Competition (SUBCOMP) in waters south of Japan, Feb. 13. SUBCOMP is designed to evaluate and test Japanese crews across multiple platforms on their ability to conduct various aspects of anti-submarine warfare. The inclusion of U.S. Navy assets in the exercise also provides an excellent opportunity for bilateral integration and coordination in an anti-submarine warfare environment for both the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF. In addition to the U.S. submarine,…

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U.S., Japanese Commanders Observe F-35B Operations from USS Wasp

February 4, 2019 – The Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) and Commander in Chief of Self Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), visited the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Feb. 5 to observe the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) operations at sea. U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer and Vice Adm. Kazuki Yamashita were joined by other senior JSDF officers to showcase Wasp ARG’s amphibious capabilities, including operations by 31st MEU F-35B Lightning II aircraft. “It’s great getting…

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VP-47 Conducts Joint Maritime Patrol Operations with JMSDF

January 31, 2019 – The “Golden Swordsmen” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 participated with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Fleet Air Wing (FAW) 5 in a coordinated maritime patrol operational procedures (CMPOP) exercise, Jan. 29. “This joint training was an exciting opportunity for VP-47 to work with the JMSDF to reinforce and to continue to build relations with our host nation’s military,” said Lt. Zach Alcairo, VP-47 Combat Aircrew (CAC) 9 mission commander. The exercise further demonstrates military-to-military coordination, while enhancing relations between the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF’s maritime…

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JMSDF Observes North Korean Fuel Transfer Operations

January 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the afternoon of January 18 (Fri) Heisei 21 (Fri), a North Korean flagship tanker “AN SAN No. 1” (IMO number: 7303803) and a small ship unknown to the ship were offshore of the East China Sea ( offshore of 410 km south of Shanghai ) Omi “(Sasebo) belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force 1st Offshore Supply Corps confirmed that he was porting (steering) at the Self-Defense Force. Both vessels had been engaged in some kind of work since they had connected the ferrule…

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On the Case of Fire Control Radar Illumination by a South Korean Warship

January 21, 2019 (Google Translation) – Regarding the case of firearm control radar irradiated to the P-1 patrol aircraft (Atsugi) belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force 4th Aviation Group from the Korean navy destroyer occurred on Thursday, 20 December last year, the objective fact that the Japanese side has We decided to publish the final opinion of the Ministry of Defense that we compiled and the sounds detected by the Aircraft at the occurrence of this case. As for the Ministry of Defense, we strongly protest the fire control radar…

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