Production of F-2 fighters complete

Commemorative photograph in front of a hangar
Commemorative photograph in front of a hangar

On September 27, production of the final F-2 fighter was completed at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works Komaki Minami Plant in Aichi Prefecture. Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Mitsu Shimojo and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries President Hideaki Omiya were in attendance to celebrate the complete delivery of the 98 planes (including prototypes). The F-2 was jointly developed with the United States and is based on the United States’ F-16. After a first successful test flight in 1995, delivery began to the Japan Defense Agency in 1996.

Disaster relief in response to Typhoons No. 12 and No. 15

SDF personnel removing rubble
SDF personnel removing rubble
Trapped and isolated people being rescued by rubber rafts
Trapped and isolated people being rescued by rubber rafts

Based on requests received from the governors of Wakayama, Mie, and Nara Prefectures for disaster dispatch in accordance with the record-breaking torrential rain that accompanied Typhoon No. 12, from September 3 (Sat) to September 4 (Sun) a total of approximately 28,790 personnel were dispatched. Mainly comprising personnel from the GSDF Middle Army, units engaged in search operations for missing persons, worked to clear roads, transport supplies, supply water, and in other assistance activities. Moreover, Typhoon No. 15 hit Shizuoka Prefecture just after September 20, causing extensive damage in prefectures from Chubu to Tohoku region, including destroyed housing resulting from flooded rivers and mudslides. Based on requests from Aichi, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures, the SDF were dispatched to carry out rescue operations and employ efforts aimed at damage reduction.

Anti-piracy operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Overview of P-3C patrol aircraft operations over the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Operational Activity from September to October 2011

  1. Number of flights: 36 (Accumulated total of 563)
  2. Flight hours: Approximately 270 (Accumulated total of approximately 4,350 hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approximately 3,180 (Accumulated total of approximately 42,540)
  4. Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approximately 330 (Accumulated total of approximately 5,090 times)

Overview of surface unit escort operations off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Operational Activity from September to October 2011

  1. Number of escort operations: 17 (The 280th to 296th escort operations) (The 239th to 255th escort operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 122 (Accumulated total of 2,151 since the commencement of escort operations)

[Breakdown]

Japanese-registered ships: 0 (Accumulated total of 13)
Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 20 (Accumulated total of 463)
(Out of the 20 foreign ships, Japanese citizens were on board 0 ships)

Foreign ships other than the above: 102 (Accumulated total of 1,675)
(Out of 102 foreign ships, Japanese citizens were on board 0 ships)

  1. *The above record does not include the 1st-41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities, which were performed before the establishment of the Anti-Piracy Measures Law.
  2. **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 102 of the 463 escorted vessels (the 102 foreign ships not operated by Japanese shipping companies.)
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