P-1 patrol aircraft have been deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam to participate in the 2022 U.S.-sponsored multilateral fixed-wing patrol aircraft exercise (SEA DRAGON 2022)
Since January 2, two P-1 patrol aircraft belonging to the Fleet Air wing 4 have been deployed to Andersen Air Base, Guam to participate in the 2022 U.S.-sponsored multilateral fixed-wing patrol aircraft exercise (Sea Dragon 2022). In addition to the U.S. Navy and JMSDF, fixed-wing patrol aircraft from the navies of Australia, Canada, India, and South Korea are being dispatched to this exercise.
Commanding officer of Flight Division31 (CDR, MICHIYAMA Tomoyuki), who was in command of the Japanese side, said, “This exercise is an annual, multi-national high-end ASW training exercise. In addition to join exercises in search, tracking and attack procedures for submarines with participating countries, the exercise is designed to build a more practical cooperative relationship, with providing each other with operational support. Through training, exchange of opinions, and various types of exchanges, we expect to strengthen cooperation and deepen mutual understanding among the participating navies.”
Even during the global COVID19 crisis, the Self-Defense Fleet, not only maintain readiness for the defense of Japan, but also contribute to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region by deepening cooperation with our allies and partners toward the realization of a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”