Japan Defense Focus No.131 Jan. 2020

Malabar 2020

SPECIAL FEATURE

Malabar 2020

From November 3rd to 6th and 17th to 20th, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) conducted the Japan-U.S.-India-Australia multilateral exercise “Malabar 2020” for two phases.

F-4EJ PhantomII Retires

SPECIAL FEATURE

F-4EJ PhantomII Retires

On November 11th, a flight training was held publicly at Hyakuri Air Base by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) 301st squadron to commemorate the retirement of the F-4EJ Phantom II.

Osprey Flights Begin

TOPICS

Osprey Flights Begin

On November 6th, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) V-22 Osprey, which is temporarily stationed at Camp Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, conducted its first hovering within the camp and the flight outside the camp on the 20th.

Mine Warfare Exercise and Japan-U.S. Bilateral Minesweeping Exercise

ACTIVITIES

Mine Warfare Exercise and Japan-U.S. Bilateral Minesweeping Exercise

From November 18th to 28th, the JMSDF conducted a mine warfare exercise and a Japan-U.S. bilateral mine sweeping exercise in Hyuganada, off the coast of Miyazaki Prefecture.

Naming and Launching Ceremony of JS <em>Kumano</em>

ACTIVITIES

Naming and Launching Ceremony of JS Kumano

On November 19th, the naming and launching ceremony was held at Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Tamano Shipyard for a new type of destroyer.

Recent Senior-Level Teleconferences

ACTIVITIES

Recent Senior-Level Teleconferences

Minister Kishi held a video teleconference with Secretary of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines, Hon. Mr. Delfin N. Lorenzana., as well as with Minister of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Ltgen. (ret.) Prabowo Subianto on October 23rd and November 2nd respectively.

JS <em>Shirase</em> Departs Japan on Support Mission for the 62nd Antarctic Research Expedition

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JS Shirase Departs Japan on Support Mission for the 62nd Antarctic Research Expedition

On October 27th, Captain Takeuchi, Commanding Officer of the JMSDF icebreaker JS Shirase, reported his departure to Minister Kishi.

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