USNS Alan Shepard conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

December 15, 2020 – USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of Tsushima Strait near Japan today. The ship conducted normal operations within claimed territorial seas to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law. U.S. forces operate in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, as…

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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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JMSDF Shadows Type 054A Binzhou

March 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, March 24, around 4:30 pm, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s 3rd Missile Fleet, “Ota (“Sasebo”) travels northeast in a sea area about 150 km southwest of Shimo-Tsumima. One class frigate was identified as Type 054A Binzhou. Later, the ship sailed north through the Tsushima Strait and temporarily entered the Sea of Japan.…

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