JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.90

  ACTIVITIES

The Visit to Izumo by H.E. Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, President of the Republic of Philippines

The Visit to Izumo by H.E. Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, President of the Republic of Philippines

On June 4th, H.E. Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines, paid a call at the escort ship Izumo of JMSDF, which was making a port visit at Subic Port in the Republic of the Philippines, and became the first head of a foreign state to board Izumo.

President Duterte was received by Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan. President Duterte toured inside the escort ship Izumo for more than an hour and half. They exchanged their views closely and openly on Japan-Philippine bilateral relationship and international affairs.

After the visit, President Duterte said “Japan has historically been a close friend and I would like to advance our shared path with Japan.” President Duterte had friendly conversation with Izumo’s crew and admired the superior HA/DR* ability of Izumo, and expressed gratitude for having wonderful experience on Izumo.

* Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

The Visit to Izumo by H.E. Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, President of the Republic of Philippines
The Visit to Izumo by H.E. Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, President of the Republic of Philippines

JGSDF Participates in Training Exercise with U.S. and Australian Armies

JGSDF Participates in Training Exercise with U.S. and Australian Armies

From May 17th to 28th, the JGSDF took part in a training exercise called Southern Jackaroo held at Mount Bundey Training Area in Darwin, Australia.

This training exercise is hosted by the Australian Army, and the JGSDF aimed at improving the tactical skills of personnel and units and strengthening relations between Australia and the United States through the participation in the exercise.

This marks the fifth time that the JGSDF has participated. Approx. 100 personnel from the 17th Infantry Regiment, 13th Brigade, JGSDF Middle Army, conducted training together with a total of approx. 600 personnel from the Australian Army, U.S. Army and U.S. Marines.

JGSDF Participates in Training Exercise with U.S. and Australian Armies
JGSDF Participates in Training Exercise with U.S. and Australian Armies

Participation in the Exercise BALIKATAN 2017

Participation in the Exercise BALIKATAN 2017

In May 2017, the MOD provided specialist HA/DR capacity building assistance as part of the United States and Philippines joint Exercise BALIKATAN 2017 (BK17). This was the result of extensive coordination between Japan, the U.S. and the Philippines and marked the first time for Japan to deliver capacity building assistance through the exercise.

Enhancing its HA/DR capability is a high priority for the Philippines, which like Japan, is prone to natural disasters. To support the Philippines’ effort to achieve this goal along with the improvement of JSDF’s own capability, JSDF personnel shared their specialist knowledge and experience by participating in the exercise medical program and a command post exercise based on a large-scale disaster response scenario. Of note, BK17 also marked the first time for Japan and Australia to jointly participate in elements of the exercise and clearly demonstrated our shared objective to work closely with our mutual ally, the U.S., to contribute to the development of the security capabilities of regional partners, including the Philippines.

Exercise BALIKATAN has been conducted as a joint exercise between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States since 1991, in order to enhance interoperability and joint response capabilities; as well as to foster community support. This year, the exercise focused on strengthening the capabilities of the armed forces of the Philippines and the U.S. to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR).

The exercise was a resounding success, which in addition to enhancing the capabilities of the participating nations to respond to natural disasters, also provided an opportunity to share knowledge and experience and to further strengthen the relationships between Japan, the U.S., the Philippines and Australia.

Along with their strong wishes for Japan’s continuing engagement with the exercise for next year and ahead, comments from partner country participants are included below.

“JSDF’s participation in the BK17 exercise fosters closer cooperation and commitment in response to times of disaster. This is also an avenue for the exchange of knowledge and best practices of each countries.”--- Philippines

“JSDF displayed utmost professionalism and did credit to the organization they represent.”--- United States

“JSDF integrated effectively into the multinational team.”--- Australia

The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2017

The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2017

From May 13th to 26th, the JGSDF participated in the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2017 (AASAM17) held at Puckapunyal Military Area in the State of Victoria in Australia. The goal of participating in the AASAM17 is to enhance the tactical skills of personnel and units as well as strengthen relationships between Australia and participating countries.

Since taking part in 2012, this marks the sixth time that JGSDF has participated in this meeting. A total of 14 athletes and instructors selected from across Japan took part on this occasion.

The meeting involved Sniper Championship division and International Teams Weapons Championship division. The JGSDF won second place in the Sniper Championship division and also took second place in the International Teams Weapons Championship division, marking its highest result ever.

DD Akizuki

DD Akizuki

For the July edition of JDF (No. 90), let’s take a quick look at the DD Akizuki operated by the JMSDF. This was the first Akizuki-class destroyer, the latest version of Japan’s general destroyer with a broad range of air defense capabilities with stealth technology. It was completed in March 2012. Currently the JMSDF operates four Akizuki-class destroyers.

Specifications/performance
  • ▷Displacement: 5,050 t (standard)
  • ▷Crew: Approx. 200
  • ▷Length: 151 m
  • ▷Beam: 18.3 m
  • ▷Draft: 10.9 m
  • ▷Speed: 30 kt

  • ▷127 mm (5 in) gun
  • ▷VLS (32 cells)
  • ▷SSM
  • ▷Torpedo
  • ▷20 mm CIWS
  • ▷Helicopter
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