ACTIVITIES

Launch of Zone Defense

On December 7, 2013, the 16th Deployed Maritime Force for Anti-Piracy Operations were replaced with the 17th Units.

From December 10, Japan has been participating in the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), in order to contribute to more effective protection of ships by cooperating with other countries’ forces combating piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden. Japan has commenced zone defense in addition to the protecting mission as before, while coordinating closely with the CTF 151 headquarters.

The following operations were undertaken in December 2013 (10th~31st).

(1) Number of days: 17 (cumulative total of 17 days)

(2) Number of commercial vessels confirmed: Approx. 880 (cumulative total of 880 vessels)

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 October and December, 2013.

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

Record of Mission (October and December, 2013)

  1. Number of flights: 55 flights (Accumulated Total(AT): 1,032 flights)
  2. Flight hours: Approx. 420 hours (AT: Approx. 7,980 hours)
  3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 5,030 ships (AT: 83,200 ships)
  4. Number of times information was provided to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 400 times (AT: Approx. 8,860 times)

Escort operations performed by MSDF units in the same area

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

Record of Mission (October and December, 2013)

  1. Number of escort operations: 25 times (The 460th – 484th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
  2. Number of escorted vessels: 94 vessels (AT of 3,189 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: 586)
  • Foreign ships other than above: 84 (AT: 2,588)

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

Concept of FY 2014 Budget


Plan for Defense Programs and Budget of Japan was formulated. Following points are the main features.

  • Steadily improve defense capabilities in order to develop a Dynamic Joint Defense Force during FY2014 according to the “National Defense Program Guidelines for FY2014 and beyond” (approved by the Cabinet on December 17, 2013) and the “Mid-Term Defense Program for FY2014 through FY2018” (approved by the Cabinet on December 17, 2013).
  • Build defense capabilities with particular emphasis on ISR capabilities, intelligence capabilities, transportation capability, command and control, and information and communications capabilities, response to an attack on remote islets, response to ballistic missile attacks, responses in outer space and cyber space, responses to major disasters, and international peace cooperation activities and other similar activities. These defense capabilities will allow the MOD and the SDF to seamlessly and swiftly play such roles as practicing effective deterrence and response to various situations, stabilization of the Asia-Pacific Region and improvement of global security environments while attempting to further improve the joint functions.
  • In view of the current fiscal austerity, practice efficient and rational spending in a way compatible with other national policies.
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