ACTIVITIES

FY2013 JSDF Joint Disaster Response Exercise

JSDF Joint Disaster Response Exercise
JSDF Joint Disaster Response Exercise

From July 1 to 5, the FY2013 Joint Disaster Response Exercise was held in Ichigaya (Tokyo), GSDF Camp Asaka, the locations of participating units, and other locations.

The purpose of this year’s exercise was to carry out drills for a series of joint operations of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) in the event of a Nankai Trough Megaquake in order to verify the tentative plan for the SDF Nankai Trough Megaquake response plan and maintain and enhance the SDF’s disaster response capabilities, when coordination with the concerning agencies.

ADMM-Plus HADR / MM Exercise

From June 17 to 20, the Ministry of Defense (MOD) / the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) participated in the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Military Medicine (MM) Exercise. This was the first field training exercise carried out under the ADMM-Plus framework.

By way of conducting disaster relief drills with participating countries (10 ASEAN countries plus 8 countries), Japan’s participation in the exercise aims to maintain and improve operational capabilities related to international disaster relief activities, and to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between participating nations.

From the MOD / SDF, approx. 400 personnel, 1 GSDF helicopter (UH-1), 1 MSDF Shirane-class escort vessel (DDH), 1 MSDF helicopter (SH-60J), and 2 ASDF transport aircraft (C-130H) were deployed and carried out training, including medical activity and transport training.

Training vessel “Kashima”
Personnel were sent off by the Defense Minister and other high ranking officials

Extension of Anti-Piracy Activities / Measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

On July 9, Security Council of Japan and cabinet meeting were held, where the extension of Anti-piracy activities off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden by JSDF was determined for an additional year. Following data shows the records of the measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through April and June, 2013.

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

Record of Mission (April-June 2013)

  1. Number of flights: 54 flights (Accumulated Total(AT): 923 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approx. 422 hours (AT: Approx. 7,160hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 4,840 ships (AT: 73,300 ships)
  4. Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 420 times (AT: Approx. 8,000 times)

Escort operations performed by MSDF units in the same area

Record of Mission (April-June 2013)

  1. Number of escort operations: 26 times (The 446 – the 471th escort operation)(The 405th – 430th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 86 vessels (AT of 2,998 escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)

[Breakdown]

  • Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 15)
  • Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 10 (AT: 560)
  • Foreign ships other than above: 76 (AT: 2,423)

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

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