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Homeward Bound, Japanese, Chinese Destroyers Visit Singapore

Homeward Bound, Japanese, Chinese Destroyers Visit Singapore

MSDF destroyers JS Yudachi and JS Kirisame, the seventh pair of MSDF destroyers deployed to the Horn of Africa anti-piracy mission, are coming home to Japan. The two missed the March 11th Great Tohoku Earthquake and the massive MSDF fleet sortie that followed, and are making their way back to Maizuru. The ships were in Colombo, Sri...

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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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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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Just...one more...Kurama photo...

Just…one more…Kurama photo…

This one is gorgeous. Always thought it was funny that the Haruna and Shirane-class helicopter destroyers had two forward 5″ guns. Then again, the ships date from the early to mid-Seventies, and probably all MSDF destroyers had two guns back then.

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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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Greyhounds of the Western Pacific

Greyhounds of the Western Pacific

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 10, 2011) – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Kurama (DDH 144) leads a formation with the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106) during a Passing Exercise (PASSEX).  Stockdale and Gridley are underway with the Carl Vinson Strike Group on a deployment to the U.S. 7th...

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Japan BMD defenses to be strengthened on ground, sea

Japan BMD defenses to be strengthened on ground, sea

Japan is increasing its BMD defenses, doubling the number of air defense units equipped with Patriot PAC-3 from 3 to 6. The PAC-3 missile system, designed to shoot down an incoming missile from the ground moments before reaching its target, will be deployed by all six Air Self-Defense Force air-defense missile groups from three at...

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NextNavy on the consequences of terminating the F-35B

Pal Craig Hooper at NextNavy writes about the possible termination of the F-35B, the short-takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 multirole fighter. Hoop notes that many of America’s Asian allies have built platforms apparently in anticipation of the F-35B becoming available, and that termination of the program would leave a number of...

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She shoots, she scores!

Kirishima did it, successfully shooting down an Orbital Sciences Medium Range Target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Here’s the Missile Defense Agency press release: Joint Japan-U.S. Missile Defense Flight Test Successful The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced the successful...

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MSDF to participate in BMD test next month

MSDF to participate in BMD test next month

The guided missile destroyer JDS Kirishima is to visit Hawaii next month to participate in a Ballistic Missile Defense test. Kirishima was recently upgraded at Nagasaki with the capability to shoot down ballistic missiles. Kirishima was the fourth and last ship of the Kongo-class destroyers to be upgraded, and with her Japan now has four destroyers...

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New destroyer Akizuki launched (corrected)

New destroyer Akizuki launched (corrected)

Last week Japan launched the first in a new class of destroyers. Named Akizuki, this class was formally known as 19DD and apparently an evolution of the Takanami-class destroyers. Xinhua had an article in Chinese, which Google translated. Don’t try too hard to read it, just skim. We’ll piece it all together afterwards: Comprehensive Japanese media...

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