Deployment Air force for counter Piracy Enforcement [Completion of 700 Flight Missions]

Crew and engineers celebrating the completion of the 700th flight mission
Crew and engineers celebrating the completion of the 700th flight mission

On June 18, Deployment Air force for counter Piracy Enforcement completed its 700th flight mission from the deployment of the 1st unit.

The Commander of Deployment Air force for counter Piracy Enforcement commented, “we will achieve 800 flight missions by carrying out our daily missions steadily. We will be glad if you give us, further support for the missions.”

The pilot who carried out the 700th flight mission also commented, “We have completed the 700th flight mission successfully with guidance that we have received from our predecessors, and with the support of many people. We will continue to brace ourselves for the challenge of future missions.”

Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Aerial activities of Japanese P-3C patrol aircraft off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Record of Mission (April-June 2012)

  1. Number of flights: 54 flights (Accumulated total: 707 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approximately 420 hours (Accumulated total: Approximately 5,470 hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approximately 4,480 ships (Accumulated total: 54,460 ships)
  4. Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approximately 460 times (Accumulated total: Approximately 6,340 times)

Escort operations performed by Japanese MSDF units in the same area

Record of Mission (April-June 2012)

  1. Number of escort operations: 25 times (The 344th – the 368th escort operation)(The 303rd – 327th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 114 vessels (Accumulated total of 2,581 escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law; hereinafter the same)

[Breakdown]

  • Japanese-registered ships: 1 (Accumulated total: 15)
  • Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 12 (Accumulated total: 514)
    (Out of the 12 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 1 ships [Out of the 514 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 30 ships])
  • Foreign ships other than above: 101 (Accumulated total: 2,052)
    (Out of the 101 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 2 ships [Out of the 2,052 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 11 ships])

*The above record does not include the 1st – 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities.

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