JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.79

ACTIVITIES

Participation in Red Flag
– Alaska, hosted by USAF

Participation in Red Flag - Alaska, hosted by USAF

The ASDF took part in the U.S. Air Force combat Exercise “Red Flag-Alaska” from May 24th to June 24th.Hosted by the U.S. Air Force, this exercise is held in Alaska to take advantage of its excellent environment for military training. The exercise, which is held in a competition format, involves all aspects of aerial combat, from planning at a commanding headquarters to the deployment and return of aircraft. Approx. 310 ASDF personnel participated in this exercise aiming at enhancing the tactics and combat skills of units and the bilateral operational capabilities of Japan and the U.S. Forces.

From May 24th to June 24th, the ASDF deployed six F-15s and two KC-767s to Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, the U.S., and one KC-767 and three C-130Hs to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson for the duration of the exercise where the aircraft were involved in drilling of air-to-air combat, aerial refueling, and tactical air transportation.

Participation in Red Flag - Alaska, hosted by USAF
Participation in Red Flag - Alaska, hosted by USAF

Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2016

Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2016
Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2016
Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2016
Multinational Joint Exercise Khaan Quest 2016

From May 22nd to June 4th, the SDF participated in “Khaan Quest 2016”, which is a multinational joint exercise hosted by the U.S. and Mongolia and is serving as the capstone exercise for the United Nations Global Peace Operations Initiative program.

This exercise was hosted by the U.S. and Mongolia aiming at enhancing various capabilities regarding the UN peacekeeping operations (PKO) as well as promoting and strengthening trust relationship between participating countries. Approx. two thousand personnel took part in this exercise from more than 40 counties in various regions including the Asia-Pacific, North America, and European region.

The Khaan Quest 2016 consisted of command post exercise, field training exercise, staff training and other activities. The command post exercise included training on multilateral staff activities for international peace cooperation activities, while the participants conducted training on multinational basic activities for the UN PKOs in the field training exercise.

The SDF sent a platoon-sized unit (approx. 50) including instructors for the field training exercise, while they sent two personnel for the command post exercise, and two personal for the staff training.

Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First Quarter of FY 2016

Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First Quarter of FY 2016

Following data shows the records of the measures against piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden from April through June, 2016.

Aerial Activities of P-3C Patrol Aircraft off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

Record of Mission (April through June, 2016)

1. Number of flights: 58 flights (Accumulated Total (AT): 1,588 flights)
2. Flight hours: Approx. 440 hours (AT: Approx.12,220 hours)
3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships:Approx. 4,900 ships (AT: Approx. 131,900 ships)
4. Number of times of information sharing to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 260 times (AT: Approx. 12,050 times)

Escort Operations Performed by MSDF Units in the Same Area

Record of Mission (April through June, 2016)

1. Number of escort operations: 15 times (The 677th - 691th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
2. Number of escorted vessels: 29 vessels (AT 3,702 of escorted vessels since the start of operations under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)
[Breakdown]Japanese-registered ships: 0 (AT: 17 )
Foreign ships operated by Japanese shipping companies: 5 (AT: 666)
Foreign ships other than above: 24 (AT: 3,019)
*The above record does not include the 1st - 41st escort operation performed as Maritime Security Activities.

Zone Defense performed in the same area

Record of Mission (April through June, 2016)

1. Number of days: 76 (AT: 741days)
2. Number of commercial vessels confirmed: Approx.240 (AT: 13,280 vessels)

Status of Scrambles through the First Quarter of FY2016

Measures against Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the First Quarter of FY 2016

The ASDF scrambled 281 times during the first quarter of FY2016, which marked an increase of 108 times compared to the same period of the previous year. The breakdown of scrambles by countries and regions was about 71% against Chinese aircraft, about 28% against Russian aircraft, and 1% against other aircraft although the countries and regions include supposition.

Characteristics of Responses through the First Quarter of FY2016

The ASDF scrambled 199 times against Chinese aircraft in total, an increase of 85 times compared to the same period of the previous year. Activities of Chinese aircraft have been expanding and intensifying.

The ASDF scrambled 78 times against Russian aircraft in total, an increase of 21 times compared to the same period of the previous year.

There was no case of airspace violation that should be made public during this period.

Scrambles against Chinese fighter aircraft and intelligence gathering aircraft and Russian fighter aircraft were outstanding in frequency compared to other types of aircraft of each country, although this includes estimation.

The period of this data is from April 1st, 2016, to June 30th, 2016.

Recent Movement of Chinese Ships

Here are recent movements of Chinese ships.

The MOD/SDF will continue to devote full-fledged efforts to surveillance and information gathering while continuing to deal with in a calm manner so as to avoid escalating the situation unnecessarily and while firmly protecting Japan’s territorial land, seas and airspace, including the Senkaku Islands, which is an inherent part of the territory of Japan.

(1) Around 0:50 a.m. on June 9th:

The MSDF destroyer observed a Jiangkai I-class frigate of the Chinese Navy entering the Japanese contiguous zone at the northeast of Kuba Island of the Senkaku Islands (Okinawa Prefecture). As China repeatedly intruded into Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands with government-owned vessels based on its own unique claims, it sent a Navy vessel into the contiguous zone for the first time.

(2) Around 3:30 a.m. on June 15th:

A P-3C patrol aircraft of the MSDF observed a Dongdiao-class intelligence collection vessel of the Chinese Navy sailing down Japanese territorial waters at the west of Kuchinoerabu Island (Kagoshima Prefecture) southeastward.

(3) Around 3:05 p.m. on June 16th:

The MSDF destroyer observed a Dongdiao-class intelligence collection vessel of the Chinese Navy entering the Japanese contiguous zone at the north of Kitadaito Island (Okinawa Prefecture).

(4) Around 5:00 p.m. on June 19th:

The MSDF supply vessel observed a Dongdiao-class intelligence collection vessel of the Chinese Navy sailing eastward down waters outside of the contiguous zone at the south of the Senkaku Islands. The MSDF observed the Chinese vessel sailing back and forth several times between east and west until around 2:00 p.m., on June 20th. Subsequently, the MSDF observed the Chinese vessel sailing northward down waters outside the contiguous zone at the west of Uotsuri Island of the Senkaku Islands (Okinawa Prefecture).

Recent Movement of Chinese Ships
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