anti-submarine warfare
The Harlequin Man of JS Hyuga

The Harlequin Man of JS Hyuga

Flight operations on the helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga after the Tohoku Earthquake.

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Second "Helicopter Destroyer" Commissioned into MSDF

Second “Helicopter Destroyer” Commissioned into MSDF

  JS Ise, the second and last of the Hyuga-class helicopter destroyers, has officially joined the fleet. Ise was commissioned into the Maritime Self Defense Forces on March 16th, 2011, five days after the Tohoku Earthquake. Ise was built by IHI at the Yokohama Shipyard and launched in August 2009. At 18,000 tons fully loaded, Hyuga...

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JS Uzushio pulls into Pearl Harbor for Exercises

JS Uzushio pulls into Pearl Harbor for Exercises

JS Uzushio arrived in Pearl Harbor yesterday for a round of naval exercises. Here’s the press release. Submarine JS Uzushio Arrives in Hawaii for Training Exercises By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW/SCW) Ronald Gutridge, COMSUBPAC Public Affairs PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine JS Uzushio (SS 592) arrived at Naval...

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Keen Sword 2011 (updated)

–Updated 12/10/10 – Keen Sword exercises have ended. Here’s a wrap photo. I count 25 ships. I figure at least half of those ships are Japanese. All of the major Japanese combatants — Hyuga, Kunisaki, Kongo, and Shirane are present. That’s USS Houston in front. Why aren’t there any Japanese submarines in the formation? (Then...

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First P-1 aircraft buy finalized

    The Kawasaki P-1 long range maritime patrol aircraft, designed to replace the venerable Lockheed P-3C Orion, has received its first government procurement order. The Maritime Self Defense Force plans to purchase ten aircraft over the next five years. The ministry will include the purchase of about 10 units of the new Maritime Self-Defense...

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Japan planning dramatic boost in submarines

So, last week me and this “conflict reporter” guy were hanging out in my backyard, shooting the breeze, and I mentioned that I thought Japan would fortify the Senkaku islands with land-based missiles. Missile, maybe in silos, I said. Something with a permanent presence. No, conflict reporter guy said, submarines. They’ll built more submarines. I...

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YouTube Fridays: Anti-Submarine Warfare explained

Found footage from militaryphotos.net: Anti-submarine warfare never looked so cute, or fun. Or like a Third Eye Blind video. Is that a Yuan-class boat?

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MSDF P-3C engine change in Australia

Via Alert 5: A MSDF P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft underwent an engine change at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin. (Full set of pictures here.) The Japan-Australia Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), in which both countries agreed to cooperate and share on logistics and training matters, was finalized in May. Both Japan and Australia...

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Japanese submarine hunts American carrier…it’s RIMPAC 2010!

RIMPAC 2010 is wrapping up, and the final exercise involved JDS Mochishio, a diesel electric submarine of the Oyashio class, and  South Korean submarine Lee Eogki stalking the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Japanese submarines have stalked American carriers before, but this time, nobody got sunk. Diesel electric submarines from Japan and South Korea...

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June is a very busy month for the JDSF

The month of June is seeing an extraordinary amount of activity for the JSDF. Consider: Red Flag 2010 Unknown #, possibly 6 F-15J air superiority fighters (Naha and Hyakuri Air Bases, 305 Hikotai) 3 C-130H Transports (401 Hikotai) 1 KC-767 tanker Pacific Partnership 2010 JDS Osumi MSDF Training Squadron (round the world cruise) JS Kashima JDS Yamagiri...

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MSDF Training Squadron visit, San Francisco, Day Two

Today it was back to the MSDF Training Squadron at Pier 27, to do the tour again with the general public. Unlike Sunday all three ships were opened up, although I did not board Kashima. In hindsight I should have, I might have been able to meet Rear Admiral Tokumaru. I was tired. One great thing...

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Japan’s helicopter destroyers, 1975-2010

Here’s a comparison of large deck helicopter destroyers in the Maritime Self Defense Forces. The comparison starts with Shirane, moves on to the Oosumi LSTs, then to the Hyuga ships, then 22DDH. One of two depictions of Hyuga has F-35s on the flight deck. Quite an interesting evolution. It obviously points in one direction. Japan’s 40+...

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