ACTIVITIES

MOD/SDF Disaster Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island, Tokyo

MOD/SDF Disaster Dispatch to Izu Oshima Island, Tokyo

Due to a heavy rain/landslide caused by Typhoon No.26, the MOD/SDF dispatched a disaster relief unit to Izu Oshima Island, based on a request from the Governor of Tokyo, October 16. To accomplish its mission effectively, MOD/SDF organized a “Joint Task Force” on 20th.

Status of Scrambles for the First Half of Fiscal 2013

Unmanned aerial vehicle of unidentified nationality (September 9, 2013)
Unmanned aerial vehicle of unidentified nationality
(September 9, 2013)

The Scrambles totaled 308 times during the first half of fiscal 2013, which marked an increase of 99 times compared to the previous first half period. The breakdown of countries and regions was 44% for Russian aircraft, 48% for Chinese, 3% for North Korean, and 5% for other, although this data also includes presumed targets.

Scrambles for Russian aircraft totaled 136 times, including an incident that occurred on August 22 when aircraft violated the northwestern airspace around Okinoshima Island in Fukuoka Prefecture. There was a total of 149 scrambles to intercept Chinese aircraft, which marked an increase of 80 times compared to last year, but was down 88 times compared with the second half of fiscal 2012.

In addition, an scrambling interceptor spotted what was presumed to be an unmanned aerial vehicle of unidentified nationality. As a result, the picture of this craft was released to the public.

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

Following data shows the records of the measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through July and September, 2013.

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

Record of Mission (July and September, 2013)

  1. Number of flights: 54 flights (Accumulated Total(AT): 977 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approx. 407 hours (AT: Approx. 7,570hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 4,980 ships (AT: 78,100 ships)
  4. Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 460 times (AT: Approx. 8,460 times)

Escort operations performed by MSDF units in the same area

Escort operations performed by MSDF units in the same area

Record of Mission (July and September, 2013)

  1. Number of escort operations: 29 times (The 431th – 459th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 97 vessels (AT of 3,095 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:16 (AT: 576)
  • Foreign ships other than above: 81 (AT: 2,504)

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

Participation in Global Festa

Participation in Global Festa

The MOD/SDF participated in Global Festa Japan 2013 (hosted by the Global Festa Japan 2013 Executive Committee) in cooperation with the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters, Cabinet Office. This event was held on October 5 and 6 at Hibiya Park.

The SDF’s peacekeeping operations, particularly the current operation conducted in South Sudan, were highlighted in a photo exhibition at the event. In addition, many other events were held including an exhibition of a high mobility vehicle, a bullet-proof vest try-out, a quiz, and a commemorative photo shoot with SDF's mascot characters, Takuma-kun and Yu-chan.

A large number of visitors came to the MOD’s booth during the event, which provided an opportunity to introduce its peacekeeping operations including the current operation in South Sudan.

The MOD/SDF will continue to publicize it activities to promote its peacekeeping operations to more people.

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