anti-piracy
China rocks the boat

China rocks the boat

It was a disturbing week for China-watchers. March 2nd saw the Chinese causing trouble with their neighbours: two Y-8 planes headed to the Senkaku islands causing the Japanese ASDF to scramble into action, illegal fishing inside Korean waters, and the harassment of Philippine vessels near the Spratly Islands. Add the other concerning news that there...

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Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

Samho Jewelry: Lessons for Japan

As Japan Security Watch has previously reported, the MSDF’s Kirisame (DD-104) and Yudachi (DD-103) destroyers are deployed in the Gulf of Aden as part of a multinational anti-piracy effort off the coast of Somalia. Japan’s deployment has so far given protection to 1,393 vessels of various flags. South Korea is also operating in the region...

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MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

MSDF Anti-Piracy Role Protects 32,600 Sailors So Far

The Japanese Embassy in the Philippines is boasting of the MSDF’s role in multilateral anti-piracy efforts off the coast of the Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. According to their press release, Filipino sailors benefited most from the Japanese presence. The MSDF’s mission includes aiding not only Japanese-flagged ships, but also those of other countries....

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The MSDF and the Horn of Africa

The MSDF and the Horn of Africa

Meet two of the destroyers assigned to the Japanese anti-piracy patrol off the Horn of Africa. At the time Google’s satellite did a pass over Djibouti, these two ships were in port. [cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=11.609178,43.132024&spn=0.004183,0.006207&t=h&z=18 width=600 height=600 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] The ship above appears to be a Takanami-class destroyer, given the placement of her smokestacks...

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Japanese cargo ship, MV Izumi, taken by pirates

    Via Eaglespeak: On the afternoon of 10 October, the owners of the Panama-flagged MV IZUMI reported that they had received an automatically released distress signal indicating that the vessel was likely to be under pirate attack. The Danish warship HDMS ESBERN SNARE of the NATO counter piracy force was dispatched to intercept and...

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SDF expanding anti-piracy patrol zone

The Self Defense Forces are planning on increasing their patrol area off the coast of Somalia by 200 kilometers, in response to an anticipated increase in pirate activity. The extension, which will also affect an area patrolled by the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P-3C patrol aircraft, is aimed at dealing with an expected increase in piracy...

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MSDF sends another pair of destroyers to the Horn of Africa

I believe this is the sixth rotation of ships to the anti-piracy mission. A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer left the Sasebo base in Nagasaki Prefecture on Thursday for antipiracy operations off Somalia under a law authorizing MSDF warships to escort commercial vessels sailing under any flag. The 4,650-ton Makinami will link up with the 3,550-ton MSDF...

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Japan – China cooperation: more of this, please

The Mainichi Daily News has a great article about the Chinese anti-piracy naval task force in the Gulf of Aden reaching out to the Japanese task force. It was right after a Chinese Navy fleet passed through the waters near Okinawa’s main island, alarming Japanese officials, while the United States was increasingly becoming wary of...

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Japan extendeds Somali piracy mission by one year

The Self-Defense Forces anti-piracy mission to the Gulf of Aden, which normally consists of two destroyers, a fleet oiler, two P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and a special forces boarding party, has been extended for a period of one year. The mission was set to end July 23rd. The antipiracy law, which took effect in...

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New Somalia mission eyed for Japanese tankers

Last year, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama terminated the mission that sent MSDF refueling ships to the Indian Ocean, where they refueled ships involved in Operation Enduring Freedom. Hatoyama and his cabinet objected on the grounds that the mission was not sanctioned by the U.N., a key provision for deployment of Self Defense Force personnel....

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More on that Japanese base in Djibouti

This UPI article has a few more details on the facilities being built in Djibouti. Here’s an interesting fact I hadn’t heard before: Japanese officials say 90 percent of Japan’s exports are shipped through the Gulf of Aden north into the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. The article also mentions Djibouti will also be home...

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Japan and Yemen in military talks

Yemen News Agency reports the following: Yemen, Japan talk in military cooperation SANA’A, May 09 (Saba) – Chairman of General Staff Ahmed Ali al-Ashwal held a meeting on Sunday with the Japanese ambassador to Yemen Mitsunori Namba over military cooperation between the two countries. During the meeting, both sides discussed aspect of enhancing cooperation in...

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