JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.78

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Pacific Partnership 2016
– Activities in Timor-Leste

On June 13th, Pacific Partnership 2016’s activity has begun in Timor-Leste with the participation of the SDF.

The Pacific Partnership, which started in 2007, is an initiative organized by the U.S. Forces. Naval vessels mainly from the U.S. Navy visit the Asia-Pacific region to provide medical assistance, to conduct civil engineering business, and to engage in cultural exchanges as well as to strengthen collaboration with the participating countries and facilitate international disaster relief activities through cooperation with the government, military, international organizations, and NGOs in each of those countries.

In 2016, the MOD and the SDF will participate in Pacific Partnership activities held in Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Palau and Indonesia. Japan will lead the activities in Palau. These activities were kicked off in Timor-Leste and will be head in sequence across the country until the end of August.

On June 14th, Lieutenant Colonel Hiroaki Funata from the Defense Plans and Policy Division of the Joint Staff participated in the workshop on HA/DR organized by the U.S. Forces held at the Timor-Leste Defence Services Command in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, where he made a presentation on the workshop’s theme. This year’s workshop was led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and featured cross functional tabletop exercises on how to pursue collaboration between militaries and international organizations in disaster relief. Focus was also placed on the resilience of women during disasters, featuring efforts to examine disasters from the standpoint of women, peace and security (WPS).

Based on this, Lieutenant Colonel Funata introduced lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake when female SDF personnel played a key role. He also worked to promote mutual understanding among participating countries in the field of WPS through this seminar and introduced the experiences of the SDF in natural disaster relief to other countries, helping to facilitate the local activities.

Pacific Partnership 2016 – Activities in Timor-Leste
Pacific Partnership 2016 – Activities in Timor-Leste

Exercise Malabar 2016

Exercise Malabar 2016

From June 10th to 17th, the MSDF took part in the trilateral joint training exercise called Exercise Malabar 2016 involving Japan, the United States and India held from Sasebo to the seas east of Okinawa.

This particular training exercise aimed to enhance the tactical capabilities of each naval force representing Japan, the United States and India in each individual situation.

The destroyer Hyuga, a US-2 amphibious aircraft designed for air-sea rescue, a P-3C marine patrol aircraft, and P-1 marine patrol aircraft participated from the MSDF side and conducted tactical training such as anti-surface warfare, anti-air warfare, search and rescue operations.

Exercise Malabar 2016
Exercise Malabar 2016
Exercise Malabar 2016
Exercise Malabar 2016
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