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
MSDF Training Squadron (round the world cruise)
FOREX (USN/JMSDF Foreign Officer Exchange) 2010
Exercise Undersea Warfare 2010
That breaks down as follows:
1 LST (33% of total inventory)
2 Submarines (5% of total inventory)
At least 4 Destroyers (10% of total inventory)
2 Surface Combatant Trainers (50% of total inventory)
The JSDF will be training alongside the armed forces of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
This paints a picture of a military fully engaged with the rest of the world, and capable of operating with other world-class navies and air forces.
A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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