Trends of Chinese Naval Vessels

March 19, 2021 – March 18 (Thursday) around 11:00 am, Maritime Self-Defense Force 4th Air Group affiliation “P-1” (Atsugi), “Amakusa” belonging to the Sasebo Guard and “Shirataka” belonging to the 3rd Missile Boat Corps (Sasebo) is the Chinese Navy Renhai moving northeast about 250km southwest of Tsushima. A total of three ships, one frigate, were confirmed. Of these, the Renhai-class missile destroyer This…

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Theodore Roosevelt CSG Conducts Second Bilateral Exercise with JMSDF

March 3, 2021 – The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) conducted a bilateral maritime exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) February 28. USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) conducted maneuvering drills and a photo exercise with JS Yugiri (DD 153), JS Hatakaze (TV 3520), and JS Setoyuki (TV 3518). The exercise was…

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JMSDF & USN Participate in Resilient Shield 2021

February 22, 2021 – U.S. and Japan Self Defense Force will participate in Resilient Shield 2021 from February 22-26, at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, and other command centers throughout the region. Resilient Shield is an annual computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise focused on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), designed to test U.S. Naval tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs)…

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JMSDF 62nd Antarctic Research Expedition Cooperation

(Google Translation) From Friday, November 6, 2nd year of Reiwa to Monday, February 22nd, 3rd year of Reiwa, the Maritime Self-Defense Force will carry out the 62nd Antarctic Research Expedition by the icebreaker Shirase. Crew Captain of the icebreaker Shirase 1st class Kaisa Shusaku Takeuchi Approximately 180 crew members Outline of cooperation The 62nd Antarctic Research Expedition will provide the…

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Guam Hosts Partner Nations in Exercise Sea Dragon 2021

January 12, 2021 – Two P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, the “Mad Foxes,” joined several partner nations to kick off multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise Sea Dragon 2021, Jan. 12. The maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) with VP-5, traveled to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to hone their skills with members of the Royal Australian Air…

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Thales Teams With MHI for JMSDF Sonar

November 23, 2020 – Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force relies on Thales and MHI to equip itself with the latest generation of high-resolution synthetic aperture sonar that provides a high level of classification. The choice of Thales technologies, which have been extensively proven in service with navies around the world, provides the highest levels of protection available today. In a changing…

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JMSDF & USN Joint MCM Exercise

November 20, 2020 – The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), began the at sea portion of Mine Warfare Exercise (MINEX) 3JA 2020 off the coast of southwestern Japan, Nov. 20. MINEX 3JA is part of an annual series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and allied navies designed to increase proficiency in mine countermeasure operations. During the…

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JMSDF Shadows Russian Ships

November 6, 2020 (Google Translation) – “Otaka” belonging to the 3rd Missile Boat Corps of the Maritime Self-Defense Force around 9 am on Friday, November 6 (Sasebo) and “P-1” (Atsugi) belonging to the 4th Air Group are about 50km northeast of Kamitsushima. One Russian Navy Slava-class cruiser, Udaloy-class destroyer, traveling southwest in the waters. One ship and one Dubna-class supply…

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Tippecanoe Resupplies Fleet and International Partners in Advance of Keen Sword

October 30, 2020 – Military Sealift Command Far East’s Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) routinely conducts replenishments at sea (RAS) for both U.S. ships and those from partner and ally nations – almost on a daily business. “USNS Tippecanoe’s officers and crew have shown fortitude, skill and dedication while providing much needed food, fuel, supplies…

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