JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.96

ACTIVITIES ACTIVITIES

FY2017 Japan-U.S. Bilateral Command Post Exercise Yama Sakura (YS-73)

FY2017 Japan-U.S. Bilateral Command Post Exercise Yama Sakura (YS-73)

From November 29th to December 13th, the Japan-U.S. bilateral command post exercise in FY2017, also known as Yama Sakura (YS-73), was held at several locations including the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Camp Sendai.

YS-73 was joined by approx. 5,000 Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) personnel attached to units such as Northeastern Army and Ground Staff Office as well as approx. 1,600 U.S. personnel attached to units including I Corps (Washington State) and III Marine Expeditionary Force (Okinawa).

This exercise is intended to maintain and develop their capabilities of command and staff activities for bilateral operations, in accordance with respective Armys’ chain of command lower than Army-level.

The exercise was mainly composed of joint operations such as amphibious and airborne operations in order to respond to multiple threats including ballistic missiles, cyber attack and special force operation.

Minister Onodera observed the exercise on December 10th and stated that strengthening Japan-U.S. ties through this exercise was very significant in this severe security environment.

FY2017 Japan-U.S. Bilateral Command Post Exercise Yama Sakura (YS-73)
FY2017 Japan-U.S. Bilateral Command Post Exercise Yama Sakura (YS-73)

Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training, Forest Light 01

Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training, Forest Light 01
Japan-U.S. Bilateral Training, Forest Light 01

The JGSDF conducted a field training exercise called Forest Light 01 with the U.S. Marines Corps (USMC) from December 8th to 20th at the Oyanohara Training Area and Vice-Camp Takayubaru.

The exercise is intended to strengthen ties between the JGSDF and the USMC and improve tactical capabilities by practicing procedures necessary for bilateral operations, under respective chain of commands.

This training is also combined with a training relocation of the MV-22 Osprey located at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma to promote trainings outside of Okinawa and reduce its impact.

This training was joined by approx. 350 JGSDF personnel attached to the 43rd Infantry Regiment, the 8th Division as well as approx. 400 USMC personnel attached to the 4th Marine Regiment, the 3rd Marine Division.

FY2017 the Exercise for the Rescue of Japanese Nationals Overseas (domestic)

FY2017 the Exercise for the Rescue of Japanese Nationals Overseas (domestic)

Since last fiscal year, the JSDF started exercises on the rescue of Japanese nationals overseas in order to practice the sequence of measures to rescue Japanese nationals overseas based on Article 84-3 of the SDF Law, following the enactment of the Legislation for Peace and Security. This marked the fourth time to hold integrated exercise on the rescue of Japanese nationals overseas following similar exercises such as Cobra Gold 17 and the one conducted in Djibouti.

Specifically, from December 11th to 15th, the JSDF conducted a table-top exercise at the Ministry of Defense (MOD) in Ichigaya, in addition to field training exercise at the JGSDF Soumagahara Exercise Area and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Iruma Air Base. The exercise is intended to enhance the joint operational capabilities of the JSDF units in charge of the rescue of Japanese nationals overseas.

Courtesy Call by General of Army Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation

Courtesy Call by General of Army Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation

On December 11th, Minister Onodera received a courtesy call from General of Army Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation. It was the first time in seven years that Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation visited Japan.

Courtesy Call by General of Army Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation
Courtesy Call by General of Army Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation

Deployment of the F-35B to MCAS Iwakuni

Deployment of the F-35B to MCAS Iwakuni

It was confirmed in the Japan-U.S. “2+2” joint announcement in October 2013 that the deployment of the F-35B to Japan would begin in 2017 as its first forward deployment outside of the United States.

In December 2016, Yamaguchi Prefecture and Iwakuni City agreed to the deployment plan for the F-35B. Following the agreement, ten and six F-35B were deployed to MCAS Iwakuni in January and November 2017 respectively.

As the security environment surrounding Japan is becoming increasingly severe, the Government of Japan believes that the deployment of the F-35B, which has the most up-to-date and high-performance capabilities such as high stealth performance and powerful fire control capabilities, to Japan is a manifestation of the iron-clad commitment of the United States to the Japan-U.S. Alliance, strengthens the deterrent of the Alliance, and contributes to the security of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

Dispatch of Instructors to the Ethiopia Peace Support Training Center

Dispatch of Instructors to the Ethiopia Peace Support Training Center
Dispatch of Instructors to the Ethiopia Peace Support Training Center

The Ethiopia Peace Support Training Center, where the MOD dispatched two JSDF officers as instructors in June 2017, requested the MOD/JSDF to send instructors for the Conflict Prevention Course held for personnel from African countries from December 4th to 14th. Responding to the request, the MOD/JSDF dispatched two JGSDF personnel to the center and supported the evaluation and design of educational curriculum, and held lectures on various topics such as conflict prevention and gender.

At the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference held in Canada in November 2017, the dispatch of gender adviser to peacekeeping centers overseas was announced as one of Japan’s contributions. The MOD/JSDF continues such efforts.

P-1

P-1

In this edition, we will take a closer look at the P-1 fixed wing patrol aircraft. The P-1 was entirely developed in Japan and uses four turbofan engines manufactured in Japan. Compared to the P-3C Orion, the P-1 flies faster and has a longer flight range, and it is the first aircraft in the world to adopt a Fly-By-Light (FBL) system. The P-1 has achieved great results during its broad range of missions flown in and around the sea area of Japan, including anti-submarine, intelligence gathering, early warning and monitoring, and search and rescue operations.


Specifications:
  • ►Length: 38.0 m
  • ►Wingspan: 35.4 m
  • ►Cruising speed: approx. 450 kt
  • ►Crew: 11
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