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 Port Call at Subic Bay

July 1, 2019 – Three ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s Escort Flotilla One have docked off the East Rivera Wharf in SBMA, Olongapo City on Sunday for a goodwill visit until Wednesday. Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata said this is the third visit of JMSDF ships in the country this year. The first one was JS Ikazuchi (DD-107) in Manila last January and JS Samidare (DD-106) in Subic Bay last May. The visiting JMSDF Escort Flotilla One is composed of the “helicopter destroyer” and flagship,…

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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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USS Ronald Reagan, JMSDF Conduct Bilateral Exercises

June 24, 2019 – USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in bilateral exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 20. Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame practiced communication methods, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address mutual maritime security priorities and enhance cooperation efforts at sea. “The JMSDF are tactically proficient and exceptional mariners,” said Lt. j.g. Nicholas Fessler, a USS Ronald Reagan officer of the deck. “They are a valuable asset to the mission as…

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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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USS Ronald Reagan, JS Izumo sail together in South China Sea

June 11, 2019 – The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108), June 10-12. The four ships conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. “Having a Japanese liaison officer aboard to coordinate our underway operations has been beneficial and efficient,” said Lt. Mike Malakowsky, a tactical actions officer aboard Ronald Reagan.…

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Mission Clemenceau: Bilateral Exercises in the Bay of Bengal

May 24, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Carrier Group is currently in the Bay of Bengal. The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and his escort lead from 17 to 25 May a series of exercises called “La Perouse”, which began with interactions with Australian ships after the reception aboard the aircraft carrier. a delegation from HMAS Toowoomba , integrated into the carrier battle group. On Sunday, May 19, the TF was joined by two Japanese units (JS Izumo and JS Murasame ), then, on Monday, May 20, by one of…

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USS William P. Lawrence, JS Izumo, JS Murasame Conduct Cooperative Deployment

May 19, 2019 – USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Izumo-class helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) and Murasame-class destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101) conducted a cooperative deployment in the Strait of Malacca, May 18. The U.S. Navy ship and JMSDF ships participated in communication drills, working together to increase their efficiency and interoperability while at sea. The cooperative deployment follows both countries ship’s participating in the International Maritime Defense Exposition (IMDEX) in Singapore. “By operating, training, and exchanging with the JMSDF we…

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U.S., allied forces begin La Perouse exercises with French aircraft carrier

May 16, 2019 – Ships from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy commenced drills with French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91) and its escort ships while sailing through the Bay of Bengal, May 16. Named after an 18th century French naval officer and explorer, La Perouse reflects longstanding values and a shared commitment to maritime security by all four sea services. “La Perouse is an opportunity to develop strong links, work habits and mutual knowledge essential for best practices…

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Maritime forces from Japan, UK, US practice submarine hunting in Philippine Sea

December 21, 2018 – For the first time, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Navy and U.S. Navy joined forces for a trilateral exercise, Dec. 21-22, held in waters south of Japan. Focused on anti-submarine warfare, the exercise featured drills with JMSDF helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183), RN Type 23 frigate, HMS Argyll (F231), and a U.S. Navy submarine. “This exercise provided an unprecedented opportunity to work together in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Rear Adm. James Pitts, commander of U.S. Submarine Group 7. “Working together…

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