Dispatch of Instructor to the Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa

Lieutenant Colonel Nakano lecturing
Lieutenant Colonel Nakano lecturing

From December 15 to 19, 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Takeshi Nakano was dispatched as an Instructor to the Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa, based in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

This dispatch is part of efforts by the Ministry of Defense and the SDF to expand the scope of its international peacekeeping activities going forward. The program aims to provide support for Africa’s work toward developing its own capabilities in maintaining peace, as well as to contribute to peace and stability in Africa. Lessons learned from the dispatch can also contribute toward education in the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center, Joint Staff College. As such, this dispatch is perceived to be of great significance to Japan.

Commencement of capacity-building projects in Cambodia

Group photo before departure
Group photo before departure

With the objectives of further stabilizing the security environment of the Asia Pacific region and improving the global security environment, the Ministry of Defense will utilize its knowledge and experience in active support of efforts in capability enhancement and human resource development for the military or organizations of the countries concerned, in the area of non-traditional security including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. To that end, it has commenced efforts in providing support for capacitybuilding in FY 2012, and projects have already started in East Timor in December 2012. On top of that, it has also commenced human resource development projects in Cambodia in the area of Engineering, such as the building of roads, which contributes to the enhancement of capability in peacekeeping operations (PKO).

The target of this support project is the training center of the National Center for Peacekeeping Forces, Mines and ERW Clearance (NPMEC), a PKO center in Cambodia, and the period of the project is scheduled for January 24 to March 20. The number of dispatched personnel comprises four GSDF personnel, one internal bureau official, and six members of civilian organizations.

The Ministry of Defense and the SDF will continue to engage actively in capacity-building.

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 (October-December 2012)

  1. Number of flights: 54 flights (Accumulated total: 815 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approximately 420 hours (Accumulated total: Approximately 6,300 hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approximately 4,750 ships (Accumulated total: 64,000 ships)
  4. Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approximately 390 times (Accumulated total: Approximately 7,300 times)

Escort operations performed by Japanese MSDF units in the same area

Record of Mission (October-December 2012)

  1. Number of escort operations: 24 times (The 396th – the 419th escort operation)(The 355th – 378th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 99 vessels (Accumulated total of 2,809 escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law; hereinafter the same)

[Breakdown]

  • Japanese-registered ships: 0 (Accumulated total: 15)
  • Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 10 (Accumulated total: 541)
    (Out of the 10 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 1 ships [Out of the 541 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 35 ships])
  • Foreign ships other than above: 89 (Accumulated total: 2,253)
    (Out of the 89 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 1 ship [Out of the 2,253 foreign ships, a Japanese citizen was on board 13 ships])

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

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