DD113 Sazanami escorting shipping traffic in Gulf of Aden

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. Apparently the ‘Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has been receiving “applications from various maritime-related organizations, such as ship operators and ship owners, from around the world for escort assistance and safe passage for vessels.”‘

I’ve tabulated the data from the report below:

Country of Origin Nationals Escorted Flag Vessels Escorted
Philippines 10,607 Panama 435
India 5,824 Liberia 140
China 3,470 China 137
Ukraine 2,210 Marshall Islands 87
Turkey 1,683 Malta 69
Russia 1,669 Singapore 66
South Korea 1,339 India 54
Myanmar 958 Bahamas 51
Indonesia 568 Antigua and Barbuda 43
Bangladesh 540 Norway 42
Thailand 428 Turkey 36
Japan 374 Isle of Man 26
Latvia 307 South Korea 23
Greece 275 Greece 22*
Romania 265
Croatia 220
Bulgaria 189
Poland 189
Vietnam 188
Pakistan 179
Egypt 111
Georgia 102
Germany 83
United Kingdom 81

*Article states 922, clearly a typo


Type of Vessel Vessels Escorted
Tankers 737
Cargo Ships
Cargo Ships
Container Ships 51
Car Carriers 41
LPG Carriers 34
Passenger Ships 5


MSDF Anti-Piracy Mission [Japanese]

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A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan. His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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