60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Maritime Self-Defense Force

Chief of the Maritime Staff Admiral Sugimoto addressing in the ceremony
Chief of the Maritime Staff Admiral Sugimoto addressing in the ceremony

60 years have passed since the Coastal Safety Force was established as a predecessor of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) on April 26, 1952 in the former grounds of the Torpedo School of the former Imperial Japanese Navy (currently the 2nd Service School) in Taura, Yokosuka city. The MSDF held a commemoration ceremony in the 2nd Service School associated with the establishment of the MSDF. The Chief of the Maritime Staff, high-ranked MSDF officials, former MSDF members, personnel from the U.S. Forces, heads of the local governments, and other parties attended the ceremony to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the MSDF.

With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1951, the U.S. government decided to provide Japan with U.S. Navy ships on loan, and the “Y Committee” was established in order to lay the groundwork for making them operational. Through tremendous efforts of both the Japanese and U.S. navy personnel in the “Y Committee,” who shared the common goal of establishing a new maritime defense organization in Japan, the Coastal Safety Force was established on April 26, 1952. Along with the establishment of the Defense Agency on July 1, 1954, the Coastal Safety Force was renamed as the “Maritime Self-Defense Force,” which it has remained to the present day.

Chief of the Maritime Staff, Admiral Masahiko Sugimoto, said in his ceremonial address, “Under the Japan-U.S. Security Arrangements, the MSDF has walked through these 60 years together with the U.S. navy. The strong and solid bond, or kizuna, between the MSDF and the U.S. navy, was built upon the interoperability developed by the predecessors of both countries after they had surmounted numerous difficulties. This bond is the core to the close alliance between Japan and the United States, and an asset to us.”

Furthermore, he also noted that, “The MSDF has sustained its functional and sophisticated capabilities, and at the same time, built up a seamless posture, demonstrated its ability as a ‘dynamic defense force,’ and continued to respond to security needs in the form the ‘defense of Japan,’ as well as ‘the creation of a regional and global security environment for the maintenance of peace and order in the seas’. To these ends, the MSDF aims to keep strong through its own efforts and exerts its leadership at the regional and global levels. At the same time, based on its strong alliance with the U.S. navy and cooperation with the navies of friendly countries, it will push forward to achieve further breakthroughs, aiming to ‘remain a reliable MSDF for the people, and be a leading force that can contribute to global security.’”

60th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Maritime Self-Defense Force
1. MSDF 2nd Service School is the birthplace of the MSDF     2. Chief of the Maritime Staff Admiral Sugimoto carried out memorial tree planting
3. Commemorative picture taken in front of the monument the birthplace of the MSDF
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