Australia
Australian Warship to 'Embed' with the Seventh Fleet

Australian Warship to ‘Embed’ with the Seventh Fleet

Very much under the radar comes the news that the Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 03) is about to join the US Seventh Fleet, where it will be  ”embedded” with a US carrier strike group operating out of Yokosuka. Launched in 1980, the warship is only one of four guided-missile frigates operated by the RAN, and...

Read more...
Japanese Media Now Openly Talking about Japan-Australia Soryu Deal

Japanese Media Now Openly Talking about Japan-Australia Soryu Deal

Today the Nikkei featured an article (日) that raised once again the possibility of Japan transferring the technology underpinning the prized Soryu submarine to Australia. The article did not offer much additional detail about how the process from here is likely to unfold, although it did frame the technology transfer as part of a supposedly mutual...

Read more...
Two Large Steps for the Australia-Japan Relationship on the Horizon?

Two Large Steps for the Australia-Japan Relationship on the Horizon?

Two very interesting pieces of news have surfaced in the last two days regarding the Australia-Japan relationship. On Wednesday morning (日) in New York, Japan and Australia, on the heels of the recent two-plus-two dialogue in Sydney, agreed to further deepening of the strategic partnership, and explicitly committed themselves to making a breakthrough on the Economic Partnership Agreement...

Read more...
Japan-Australia Naval Exercises to Kick Off, June 4th

Japan-Australia Naval Exercises to Kick Off, June 4th

The coming week sees the kick-off of Japanese-Australian bilateral exercise Nichi Gou Trident 2012, soon followed by US-Japan-Australia trilateral exercise Pacific Bond 2012

Read more...
Japan's MSDF to make a Port Call in Manila amid Tensions

Japan’s MSDF to make a Port Call in Manila amid Tensions

When? Next week it would seem. Hot on the heels of a promise to supply a number of JCG vessels to the Philippines, Japan is now also sending three JMSDF naval training ships to Manila for a four-day port call from 28 May to 31 May. The ships are reported to be the JS Kashima (TV-3505),...

Read more...
JSDF on 2012 Asia - Pacific Humanitarian Mission

JSDF on 2012 Asia – Pacific Humanitarian Mission

Japan will once again send ships and personnel to an annual U.S. – led humanitarian and civic action program. Japan will send the landing ship, tank JS Oosumi, two Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) and twenty medical personnel to Pacific Partnership 2012. The Japanese medical personnel will serve on the mission command ship, the hospital...

Read more...
Oriki briefs Pacific Defense Chiefs on Tohoku

Oriki briefs Pacific Defense Chiefs on Tohoku

Last month the 14th annual Chiefs of Defense Conference was held at Camp Smith, Hawaii. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), the conference . Past attendees to the conference include defense chiefs from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Korea,...

Read more...
Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

Natchan High-Speed Ferry: The SDF and the Use of Civilian Transportation

The movement of GSDF vehicles from Hokkaido to Kyushu demonstrates the utility of chartering civilian assets for military logistics, an issue very much in debate among Japan's defense experts

Read more...

Never Mind the String of Pearls, Let's Talk the Trapper's Snare

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208464819395951962634.0004afbffd2c07b0a9c13&msa=0&ll=4.915833,125.332031&spn=61.539901,75.410156 width=600 height=500 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] In the past 10 months, the Asia – Pacific region has seen the following activity: - Increased talk of military cooperation between Japan and South Korea. - South Korea and Indonesia teaming up on a variety of defense projects, including fighters and submarines. - India proposing military...

Read more...
Japan in Military Exercises with Australia, Canada

Japan in Military Exercises with Australia, Canada

This week the Maritime Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force is engaged in exercises with Australia and Canada.

Read more...
Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Yasuji Ishigaki on Regional Cooperation following the Earthquake

Ishigaki: The concerted efforts shown so admirably by Japan's East Asian neighbors to provide aid and support could be regarded as deriving out of the sense of regional solidarity or “We-feeling.”

Read more...
Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=8.21149,113.181152&spn=15.610614,18.918457&t=h&z=6 width=575 height=400 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Well, this is going to be interesting. US, Japan, Australia announce joint South China Sea exercise TOKYO — The U.S., Japanese and Australian navies will Saturday hold a joint drill in the South China Sea — most of which China claims as its maritime territory — Japan’s...

Read more...