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Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol aircraft on duty off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden.

Japan Defense Focus No.16

P-3C squadron achieves 100 operation flights

 

DEFENSE POLICY

■P-3C squadron achieves 100 operation flights

The P-3C air squadron assigned to the anti-piracy mission has been performing flight operations since June 11. November 22 marked its 100th operation.

· Activities of Japanese P-3C Patrol Aircraft (in October )


  1. 1. Record of Mission
    Number of flights:
    14 (Accumulated total: 86)
    Flight hours:
    approximately 110 (Accumulated total: approximately 680)
    Number of visually confirmed commercial ships:
    approximately 1000 (Accumulated total: approximately 5900)
    Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships:
    approximately 90 (Accumulated total: approximately 490)
  2. 2. Instances of when Japanese P-3Cs provided information to other nations’ warships and/or commercial ships
    (1) On 12 October, a Japanese P-3C was engaged in training exercises when it received a report from a foreign warship regarding the presence of a suspicious boat close to a commercial ship. The P-3C went to verify the reporting, but did not find anything particularly suspect, and reported as such to the foreign warship that originated the report and to the aforementioned commercial ship.
    (2) On the same day, a Japanese P-3C was engaged in training exercises when it received a report from a commercial ship regarding the presence of a suspicious boat. The P-3C went to verify the reporting, but did not find anything particularly suspect, and reported as such to the commercial ship that originated the report and to foreign warships.

· Activities of Japanese P-3C Patrol Aircraft (in November)


  1. 1. Record of Mission
    Number of flights:
    20 (Accumulated total: 106)
    Flight hours:
    approximately 150 (Accumulated total: approximately 830)
    Number of visually confirmed commercial ships:
    approximately 1400 (Accumulated total:approximately 7300)
    Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships:
    approximately 160 (Accumulated total: approximately 160)
  2. 2. Instances of provision of information by Japanese P-3Cs to other nations’ warships and/or commercial vessels
    (1) On 7 November, a Japanese P-3C was engaged in patrol operations when it received a report from a commercial ship regarding the presence of a suspicious boat. The P-3C went to verify the reporting, and confirmed the presence of a small boat with an item which appeared to be a ladder. Later on, the P-3C visually confirmed that the ladder had been disposed of. A Dutch warship took over the surveillance activities via a ship-based helicopter and the Japanese P-3C completed its surveillance activities.
    (2) On 9 November, a Japanese P-3C was engaged in patrol operations when it received a report from a commercial ship regarding the presence of a suspicious boat. The P-3C went to verify the reporting, but did not find anything particularly suspect, and reported as such to the commercial ship that originated the report.

Alternation of Dispatched Surface Unit for Anti-Piracy Operations

Destroyers "Harusame" and "Amagiri" of the 2nd marine anti-piracy surface unit completed all their escort activities on November 2. The Destroyers "Takanami" and "Hamagiri" of the 3rd surface unit began their escort activities on November 7.


Achievements of the 2nd surface unit are as follows.

Number of escort operations:
34
Number of escorted vessels:
248 (average 7.3)
Breakdown
Japanese-registered ships:
2
Foreign-registered ships operated by Japanese shipping companies:
88
Foreign ships other than above:
158

· Record of Escort Operations Performed by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Units (in October)


Achievement
1. Number of Escort Operations:
10 (The 65th — the 74th escort operation)
2. Number of Escorted Ships:
86 (Accumulated total of 236 escorted ships since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
Breakdown
Japanese-registered ships:
1(Accumulated total of 2 escorted ships under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies:
27 (Accumulated total of 84 escorted ships under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
Foreign ships other than above:
58 (Accumulated total of 150 escorted ships under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
* The above record does not include the 1st — 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Operations, which were performed before the establishment of the Anti-Piracy Measures Law.
** If the Anti-Piracy Measures Law had not come into force, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers would not have been able to legally escort 57 ships.

· Record of Escort Operations Performed by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Units (in November)


Achievement
1. Number of Escort Operations:
9 times (The 75th — the 83rd escort operation)
2. Number of Escorted Ships:
74 (Accumulated total of 310 escorted ships since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
Breakdown
Japanese-registered ships:
0 (Accumulated total of 2 escorted ships under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies:
24 (Accumulated total of 108 escorted ships under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
Foreign ships other than above:
50 (Accumulated total of 200 escorted ships under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
* The above record does not include the 1st — 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Operations, which were performed before the establishment of the Anti-Piracy Measures Law.
** If the Anti-Piracy Measures Law had not come into force, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers would not have been able to legally escort 50 of the 74 escorted ships.

DEFENSE POLICY

IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

The MSDF destroyer 'Harusame' departing from Yokosuka Port as part of 2nd DSPE
Captain Fukushima, attending the award ceremony at IMO with recipients from France.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided that units from several countries engaged in anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden would be awarded the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. The award ceremony was held on November 23 at the IMO office in London.


The IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is annually awarded by the IMO to individuals or groups who have shown outstanding performance in the risk of danger at seas, and this is the first award for Japan.


From Japan, Captain Fukushima, the commander of the First Dispatched Air Unit, attended the award ceremony.


22 other countries which received the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea besides Japan were the United States, Canada, Australia, China, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherland, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

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