(2) Major Exercises with Partner Nations in the Indo-Pacific

Peaceful, stable development of the Indo-pacific region is critical to the world's stability and prosperity. In line with the vision of "Free and Open Indo-Pacific," SDF has been active in conducting bilateral as well as multilateral training and exercises with the militaries of the Indo-Pacific nations such as Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific islands. In planning and executing these activities, SDF seek collaboration with the United States, Australia, India, as well as European nations such as the United Kingdom and France as well as the European Union (EU).

Unilateral attempts at altering the status quo continue in the South China Sea. In 2017, MSDF commenced "Indo-Pacific Deployment (IPD)" in view of maintaining and enhancing free and inclusive maritime order. IPD is an annual, multi-month MSDF deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. IPD typically features an Izumo-class DDH (helicopter destroyer) and another surface combatant(s) as well as a submarine. During IPD, MSDF's deployed units engage in training & exercise events with the navies of Southeast Asian countries as well as Australia and India. They also visit major ports throughout the region.

In the Pacific islands, SDF has conducted HA/DR (humanitarian assistance/disaster relief) training with the United States and partner nations. In addition, SDF's ships and aircraft have been making visits in the region.

Major Exercises with Partner Nations in the Indo-Pacific
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1. "MALABAR 2020" Japan-U.S.-India-Australia Quadrilateral Exercise


  • Australia in "Malabar" : first time in 13 years
  • Crystalizes shared vision of "Free & Open Indo Pacific"

2. "AMAN 21" Multilateral Exercise hosted by Pakistan Navy

Feb. 2021
  • U.S., U.K., Indonesia, Philippines, China, Russia, etc.
  • Photo exercise, tactical maneuver training

3. "La Perouse 21" Japan-France-U.S.-Australia-India Multilateral Exercise

Conduct anti-air, anti-sea and replenishment exercises with French, U.S., Australian and Indian Naval Ships

Apr. 2021

4. Indo-Pacific Deployment(IPD)" in 2020

  • Maintain free and open maritime order
  • Naval exercises with regional partners of Southeast Asia
  • Port calls
Date: September.7 - October.17, 2020
DDH Kaga
DD Ikazuchi
SS Syoryu

(1) Japan-Australia Bilateral Exercise

Sep. 13-17,2020

(2) "JA-LAN EX" Japan-Sri Lanka Bilateral Exercise

Sep. 24, 2020

(3) "JIMEX" Japan-India Maritime Exercise

Sep. 26-28, 2020

(4) Japan-Indonesia Goodwill Training

Oct. 6,2020

(5) Anti-submarine Exercise

Oct. 9,2020

(6) Japan-U.S. Bilateral Exercise

Oct. 12,2020

5. "Christmas Drop" HA/DR Exercise in Federated States of Micronesia etc.

Drop relief goods from transport aircraft to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau and the Northern Mariana Islands

Dec. 2020

6. Oversea Flight Training to Vietnam (U-4, C-2, C-130H)

Assess air routes and regional characteristics of Asia and improve overseas mission capabilities, including for those who operate cargo aircraft

Mar. 2021

Tan Son Nhat International Airport

7. The multilateral exercise "Equateur" hosted by the French Forces in New Caledonia

JSDF has been participating in the multilateral exercise "Equateur" hosted by the French Forces in New Caledonia since 2015

Sep. 10, 2019

French Armed Forces stationed in New Caledonia