JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.88

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Updates to the Special Guard of Honor Uniform and their Musical Performance Uniform

Updates to the Special Guard of Honor Uniform and their Musical Performance Uniform

In 2017, the MOD/JGSDF updated the special guard of honor uniform and their musical performance uniform.

The special guard of honor uniform and their musical performance uniform represent special uniforms worn by members of the special guard of honor, the JGSDF 302nd MP Company and JGSDF Central Band. As the design of these uniforms has not been updated in 52 years, the design was updated to a more modern look in order to further enhance the mission of the special guard of honor that performs for state guests and other occasions. These uniforms have been used starting from the beginning of April 2017.

Concepts

“Dignity,” “Tradition,” “Discipline,” “Elegance”

Color scheme

・Summer uniforms are inspired by the Japanese national flag, featuring white with red lines

・Winter uniforms feature a base navy blue color with red lines similarly inspired by the Japanese national flag to symbolize both elegance and appropriateness for formal ceremonies and other occasions

Shape

Overall uniforms offer a modern shaped silhouette with a standup collar that maintains a disciplined look

Updates to the Special Guard of Honor Uniform and their Musical Performance Uniform
Updates to the Special Guard of Honor Uniform and their Musical Performance Uniform

Japan-U.S. Joint Cruising Exercise

Japan-U.S. Joint Cruising Exercise

From March 27th to 29th, the JMSDF held Japan-U.S. Joint Cruising Exercise in the East China Sea.

The JMSDF dispatched destroyers: Yudachi, Samidare, Sazanami, Umigiri, and Hamagiri. From the U.S. Navy, several vessels, including aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, participated in the exercise.

Delivery and Commission Ceremony for Submarine “Sekiryu” and Destroyer “Kaga”

Delivery and Commission Ceremony for Submarine “Sekiryu” and Destroyer “Kaga”
Delivery and Commission Ceremony for Submarine “Sekiryu” and Destroyer “Kaga”

On March 13th, a delivery and commission ceremony for submarine Sekiryu was held at Kobe Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. with attendance of State Minister of Defense Wakamiya. Moreover, on March 22nd, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Kobayashi attended a delivery and commission ceremony for destroyer Kaga at Japan Marine United Corporation’s Isogo Works in Yokohama Shipyard.

Status of Counter-piracy Operation off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Fourth Quarter of FY2016

Status of Counter-piracy Operation off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Fourth Quarter of FY2016
Status of Counter-piracy Operation off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden through the Fourth Quarter of FY2016

Following data shows the records of the status of counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden from January through March, 2017.

Surveillance Activities of P-3C Patrol Aircraft
Record of Mission (January through March, 2017)

1. Number of flights: 60 flights (Accumulated Total(AT): 1,768 flights)

2. Flight hours: Approx. 460 hours (AT: Approx. 13,570 hours)

3. Number of visually confirmed commercial ships: Approx. 4,700 ships (AT: Approx. 146,800 ships)

4. Number of times of information sharing to Japanese destroyers, foreign warships, and/or commercial ships: Approx. 150 times (AT: Approx. 12,620 times)

Escort Operations Performed by the Destroyer’s Unit
Record of Mission (January through March, 2017)

1. Number of escort operations: 12 times (The 729th – 740th escort operation under Japan’s Anti-Piracy Measures Law)

2. Number of escorted vessels: 20 vessels (AT 3,774 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: 1 (AT: 671)

・Foreign ships other than above: 19 (AT: 3,086)

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

Zone Defense Performed
Record of Mission (January through March, 2017)

1. Number of days: 53 (AT: 944days)

2. Number of commercial vessels confirmed: Approx. 160 (AT: 13,760 vessels)

Transfer of TC-90 JMSDF Training Aircraft to the Philippines

Transfer of TC-90 JMSDF Training Aircraft to the Philippines
Transfer of TC-90 JMSDF Training Aircraft to the Philippines

The MOD has advanced preparations for the transfer of TC-90 JMSDF training aircraft to the Philippines after an agreement was reached at the Japan-Philippines Summit Meeting held in September 2016. On March 27th, 2017, the transfer of two aircraft to the Philippines was completed.

On March 23rd, piloted by JMSDF personnel, the two aircraft departed from JMSDF Tokushima Air Base, and flew to Herculeo Alano Sangley Point Naval Station (the Philippines) after refueling stops at JMSDF Okinawa Air Base and Ishigaki Airport.

On March 23rd, a departure ceremony was held at JMSDF Tokushima Air Base. On March 27th, a transfer ceremony was held at Herculeo Alano Sangley Point Naval Station. The transfer ceremony was attended by State Minister of Defense Wakamiya from the Japan side and the Secretary of National Defense and other officials from the Philippines’ side.

Status of Scrambles in FY2016

Status of Scrambles in FY2016
Status of Scrambles in FY2016

The JASDF fighter jets scrambled 1,168 times in FY2016 in total, an increase of 295 times compared to the previous fiscal year. This is the largest number since the JASDF started taking anti-intrusion measures in 1958. The breakdown of scrambles by countries and regions was about 73% against Chinese aircraft, about 26% against Russian aircraft, and about 1% against other aircraft although the countries and regions include supposition.

Characteristics of Responses in FY2016

The JASDF fighter jets scrambled 851 times against Chinese aircraft, an increase of 280 times compared to the previous fiscal year. This is the largest-ever number. In FY2016, the MOD made public 26 cases as unusual flights, including cases of flight of Chinese fighter jets flying over waters between Okinawa Island and Miyako Island as well as flight of Chinese bombers passing through the Tsushima Strait for the first time.

The JASDF scrambled 301 times against Russian aircraft in total, an increase of 13 times compared to the previous fiscal year. In FY2016, the MOD made public nine cases, including a case of flight in the vicinity of the territorial airspace over the Senkaku Islands.

Scrambles included cases against fighter jets, bombers, patrol helicopters, and intelligence gathering aircraft of China and Russia, although they included presumptions. A large number of scrambles were conducted against Chinese fighter jets and Russian bombers.

The period of this data is from April 1st, 2016, to March 31st, 2017.

Completion of Development of a Next Generation Transport Aircraft (XC-2)

Completion of Development of a Next Generation Transport Aircraft (XC-2)

Development has been underway on a next-generation transport aircraft (XC-2) as the successor to the C-1 currently used by the JASDF since FY2001. This development has been completed as of March 27th. The JASDF started operating C-2 as new transport aircraft.

Completion of Development of a Next Generation Transport Aircraft (XC-2)
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