JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.95

ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES

Joint Training Conducted by the U.S. Navy, the JMSDF and the JASDF

Joint Training Conducted by the U.S. Navy, the JMSDF and the JASDF

On November 12th and 13th, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) respectively conducted bilateral training with the U.S. Navy in order to enhance operational capabilities and strengthen ties with the U.S. Navy.

On 12th, the exercise was joined by DD Inazuma, DD Makinami and DDH Ise of the JMSDF as well as CSG Ronald Regan, CSG Nimitz and CSG Theodore Roosevelt of the U.S. Navy.

On 13th, the JASDF sent two F-15s from the 5th Air Wing and two F-2s from the 8th Air Wing to the training joined by CSG Nimitz including three F/A-18s.

The JSDF has been seeking more opportunities for bilateral training with the U.S. Forces, which consequently contribute to the stability of the region.

Joint Training Conducted by the U.S. Navy, the JMSDF and the JASDF
Joint Training Conducted by the U.S. Navy, the JMSDF and the JASDF
Joint Training Conducted by the U.S. Navy, the JMSDF and the JASDF
Joint Training Conducted by the U.S. Navy, the JMSDF and the JASDF

FY2017 Memorial Service for Members of the JSDF Who Lost Their Lives on Duty

FY2017 Memorial Service for Members of the JSDF Who Lost Their Lives on Duty
FY2017 Memorial Service for Members of the JSDF Who Lost Their Lives on Duty

On October 28th, the Memorial Service for Members of the JSDF Who Lost Their Lives on Duty was held at the Ministry of Defense (MOD).

Prime Minister Abe and Minister Onodera offered a silent prayer, delivered a memorial address, and offered flowers.

Prime Minister Abe stated, “I pledge that the precious sacrifices of these individuals shall not be in vain. We will uphold their wishes and resolutely protect the lives and peaceful daily lives of the Japanese people. I promise here today that we will do everything in our power to contribute to global peace and stability.”

In addition, Minister Onodera stated that the JSDF will forever honor their sacrifices as a model for others and that the JSDF stands dedicated in body and soul to carry on the wishes of the fallen as the last line of defense in responding seamlessly to any situation in order to resolutely protect the lives and properties of the people as well as the territorial land, water and airspace of Japan.

The Memorial Service has been held by the Minister of Defense since 1957 in order to honor JSDF personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.

FY2017 Memorial Service for Members of the JSDF Who Lost Their Lives on Duty
FY2017 Memorial Service for Members of the JSDF Who Lost Their Lives on Duty

Naming and Launch Ceremony of SS Shoryu

Naming and Launch Ceremony of SS Shoryu
Naming and Launch Ceremony of SS Shoryu

On November 6th, the naming and launch ceremony for SS Shoryu was held at the Kobe Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

This vessel is the 10th Soryu-class submarine to be launched. The vessel will be placed into service around March 2019.


Specifications
  • ►Standard displacement: approx. 2,950 t
  • ►Length: 84.0 m
  • ►Beam: 9.1 m
  • ►Draft: 10.3 m
  • ►Engines: diesel sterling and electric propulsion system (1 shaft)
  • ►Components: underwater launch tube

Official Visit by H.E. Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO

Official Visit by H.E. Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO

On October 30th, Minister Onodera held a meeting with Secretary General of NATO H.E. Mr. Jens Stoltenberg at the MOD and exchanged their views on Japan-NATO defense exchange and cooperation and regional situation.

Minister Onodera stated that NATO is a “trustworthy and inevitable partner” and would like to advance defense cooperation in various levels and areas.

Secretary General Stoltenberg highly valued long-lasting strong partnership between Japan and NATO. He also stated that he would like to further strengthen the partnership to address new security challenges including cyber security and terrorism.

Capacity Building Assistance Program for Papua New Guinea
(Military Band Development)

Capacity Building Assistance Program for Papua New Guinea (Military Band Development)

A defense capacity building assistance program on military brass band was held for Papua New Guinea (PNG) from August 23rd to October 21st. Six personnel, including the commanding officer of the JGSDF Central Band were dispatched to PNG for this program.

This program is part of Japan’s support to PNG as it prepares to host APEC 2018. In addition, the purpose of this program is to develop and enhance the music performance skills of the PNG Military Band in preparation for APEC 2018 events.

Through this program, the MOD/JSDF confirmed that the music performance capability of the PNG Military Band is steadily improving.

Field Kitchen and Water Purification Equipment

Field Kitchen and Water Purification Equipment

In this edition, we will take a closer look at the field kitchen and the water purification equipment (reverse osmosis 2).

Field Kitchen 1 is capable of simultaneously preparing main dishes and side dishes for up to 250 people in generally within 45 minutes. The compact Field Kitchen 2 can cook meals for up to 50 people. In addition, the water purification equipment (reverse osmosis 2) is capable of producing drinking water by filtering out bacteria and chemicals from any type of freshwater and seawater. It also plays an important role in water supply assistance in peacekeeping operations.


Specifications:
Field Kitchen 1 (renamed)
  • ►Length: approx. 4.6 m
  • ►Width: approx. 2.3 m
  • ►Weight: less than approx. 2.5 t
  • ►Types of cooking: rice, soup, as well as baked, stir-fried and deep-fried foods, etc.
  • ►Other: equipped with refrigerator/freezer, water tank, water supply/drainage, automatic ignition and fire suppression functions, etc.

Specifications:
Water Purification Equipment (reserve osmosis 2)
  • ►Chassis: Type 73 Large Truck
  • ►Water purification capacity: 3.5 t/h
  • ►Water storage capacity: 10 t
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