JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.89

  ACTIVITIES

Japan-U.S. Joint Exercises Conducted in April

Japan-U.S. Joint Exercises Conducted in April

Let’s take a closer look at the Japan-U.S. joint exercises conducted in April.

From April 23rd to 29th, the JMSDF destroyers Samidare and Ashigara held a joint cruising exercise with the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and several other vessels in the eastward sea of Okinawa and around the East China Sea.

On April 28th, in the eastward airspace of Okinawa, two F-15s of the JASDF 9th Air Wing (Naha) held a joint training exercise with the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and two of its F/A-18s with which the JMSDF destroyers Samidare and Ashigara were cruising.

In addition, On April 25th, the JMSDF destroyer Chokai had several tactical exercises with the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald in the Sea of Japan.

The purpose of these exercises are to develop the tactical abilities of JASDF and strengthen coordination with the U.S. Navy. As a result, these exercises are effective for further strength of the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance as a whole and regional stability.

Pacific Partnership 2017
Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang)

Pacific Partnership 2017 Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang)

MOD and JSDF participated in activities in Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang) from April 14th to May 18th.

Pacific Partnership, in which Japan has been participating since 2007, is an initiative organized by the U.S. Forces. Naval vessels mainly from the U.S. Navy visit the Indo-Asia-Pacific to provide medical care and engineering services, and to engage in cultural exchanges. Pacific Partnership also strengthens collaboration with the participating countries and enhances their capacity to conduct international disaster relief activities through cooperation with the government, military, international organizations, and NGOs in each of those countries.

During the mission in Malaysia, JSDF members worked alongside their counterparts from the U.S. and Malaysia in various events that included medical engagements in schools and community centers, HA/DR exercises, civil engineering projects and cultural exchange events.

Japan sent MOD/JSDF medical personnel, JSDF engineering personnel, MOD/JSDF personnel for coordination and nongovernmental medical personnel to participate in Vietnam (Danang) Pacific Partnership activity. During the medical activities, Japanese participants and Vietnamese medical professionals worked side by side to conduct subject matter exchanges on medical topics, and to provide medical care during surgical and dental engagements aboard the Vietnam hospital ship Khanh Hoa.

Pacific Partnership 2017 Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang)
Pacific Partnership 2017 Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang)
Pacific Partnership 2017 Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang)
Pacific Partnership 2017 Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang)
Pacific Partnership 2017 Malaysia and Vietnam (Danang)

Type 16 Mobile Combat Vehicle

Type 16 Mobile Combat Vehicle

The June edition of JDF (No. 89) will take a quick look at the Type 16 Mobile Combat Vehicle operated by the JGSDF. This eight-wheel armored vehicle with a 105 mm cannon excels at mobility and air transportation by air.

Specifications and performance
  • ▷Crew: 4
  • ▷Weight when fully loaded: approx. 26 t
  • ▷Length: 8.45 m
  • ▷Width: 2.98 m
  • ▷Height: 2.87 m
  • ▷Top speed: approx. 100 km/h
  • ▷Engine: water-cooled 4-cycle 4-cylinder diesel 570 ps/2,100 rpm
Weapons
  • ▷105 mm cannon
  • ▷12.7 mm heavy machine gun
  • ▷7.62 mm machine gun

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa’s Visits to Djibouti and Bahrain

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa’s Visits to Djibouti and Bahrain

From May 4th to 6th, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa visited the Republic of Djibouti and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

1. Republic of Djibouti (May 4th to 5th)

During his stay in the Republic of Djibouti, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa visited the JSDF units engaging in counter-piracy operations, met with Djibouti’s Minister of Defense, and visited Djibouti Armed Forces’ facilities, among other activities.

(1.)Courtesy call on Minister of Defense Bahdon (Ministry of Defense)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa stated that he welcomed progress in the relationship between the JSDF and Djibouti Armed Forces, including the program for improvement in disaster response capability. He also expressed his appreciation for the support provided by the Government of Djibouti to the JSDF’s operations. Defense Minister Bahdon expressed his thanks for Japan’s amicable and strenuous support, including with regards to anti-piracy operations. He also stated that he would like to see cooperation between the JSDF and Djibouti Armed Forces develop further in the future.

(2.)Visit to Djibouti Armed Forces’ facilities (Camp Engineer)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa received a courtesy call from participants from the Djibouti side in a heavy equipment operation training course conducted as part of the program for improvement in disaster response capability, and he toured Camp Engineer to view the equipment.

(3.)Visit to JSDF units engaging in counter-piracy operations (JSDF’s facilities)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa received a briefing about the activities of the deployed air force and support group at the JSDF base of operations for the JSDF deployed forces for counter-piracy operations. He also met with JSDF personnel and encouraged them. He boarded a P-3C to witness a surveillance mission in progress.

2. Kingdom of Bahrain (May 6th)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa visited the headquarters of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) where he met with and encouraged the CTF 151 commander and his multinational staff. He also met with the commander of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). He also received a courtesy call by Assistant Chief of Staff of the Bahrain Defence Force.

(1.)Courtesy call by the Assistant Chief of Staff of the Bahrain Defence Force (Bahrain International Airport)

Assistant Chief of Staff of the Bahrain Defence Force Malallah stated that historically Japan-Bahrain relations have been strong and that bilateral defense exchanges have become more active, through including port calls by Training Squadron, security dialogue and other efforts which Bahrain hopes to expand upon in the future. Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa explained about the JSDF’s counter-piracy operations and requested Bahrain continuous assistance to the CTF151 commander and staff. He also stated his intention to work toward further developing Japan-Bahrain relations.

(2.)Meeting with CMF Commander Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan (CMF Headquarters)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa visited the CMF Headquarters where he met with CMF Commander Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan and others. Commander Donegan expressed his appreciation for the contributions to counter-piracy operations of Japan, which dispatched the commander to CTF 151 and has continually dispatched JSDF personnel to the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. He also briefed Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa on the current situation in the waters covered by CMF and requested for enduring contributions from Japan. Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa stated that Japan will continue to contribute to counter-piracy operations while providing close cooperation between Japan and the U.S. in this region which Japan, attaches an importance.

(3.)Visit to the CTF 151 Commander (CTF 151 Headquarters)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Miyazawa was briefed by CTF 151 Commander Fukuda (JMSDF Rear Admiral) dispatched from Japan on the status of counter-piracy operations led by CTF 151. He also met with multinational staff of the Japanese-led CTF 151.

3. Other

On May 4th, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa met with South Sudan’s Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Kuol Manyang Juuk, at Ethiopia’s Addis Abba Bole International Airport on his way home to Japan. He expressed his appreciation for the cooperation extended to the activities of the JSDF unit. Minister Manyang expressed his appreciation for Japan’s support, including the activities of the JSDF.

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa’s Visits to Djibouti and Bahrain
JParliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa’s Visits to Djibouti and Bahrain
Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense Miyazawa’s Visits to Djibouti and Bahrain

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit
(Shangri-La Dialogue)

The 16th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue)

Defense Minister Inada visited Singapore from June 3rd to 4th where she attended the 16th IISS Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue). She delivered a speech in the Second Plenary session and also held talks with defense ministers from other countries. Next JDF issue will feature on the details.

Withdrawal of JSDF Engineering Unit from UNMISS & the Return of Colors Ceremony

Withdrawal of JSDF Engineering Unit from UNMISS & the Return of Colors Ceremony

The dispatch of the JSDF engineering unit to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), which started in January 2012, has become the longest and largest-scale dispatch of an engineering unit. As a result of comprehensive consideration, the government of Japan decided to terminate the dispatch of the engineering unit by the end of May this year. On the other hand, the GOJ will continue to dispatch staff officers to the UNMISS Headquarters. On May 30th, with the attendance of Prime Minister Abe, the return of colors ceremony was held at the MOD.

Next JDF issue will feature the achievement of the JSDF engineering unit in South Sudan.

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