JS Sawayuki aviation division insignia. Author's photo.

The web site Surveillance To Go Nowhere has been keeping excellent track of MSDF activities in the aftermath of the Tohoku Earthquake. The site, which regularly monitors U.S. Navy fleet operations worldwide, started reporting on MSDF operations the day of the earthquake. It has the best rundown I can find of SDF operations in English.

Some examples:

(March 12, D+1)

JS Takanami (DD 110) rescued 27 kindergarten pupils and patients near Ishinomaki port, Miyagi Prefecture.

(March 13, D+2)

MoD reported that JS Harusame (DD 102), JS Takanami (DD 110), JS Sawagiri (DD 157), JS Kirishima (DDG 174), JS Chokai (DD 176), JS Tokiwa (AOE 423), embarked choppers and shore-based aircraft, choppers have conducted search and resucue, medical evacuation, trasnport service, food delivery.

(March 15, D+4)

Ships assigned to the relief effort:

Surface Combatants 

  • JS Shirane (DDH 143)
  • JS Kurama (DDH 144)
  • JS Hyuga (DDH 181)
  • JS Kirishima (DDG 174)
  • JS Chokai (DDG 176)
  • JS Ashigara (DDG 178)
  • JS Harusame (DD 102)
  • JS Takanami (DD 110)
  • JS Onami (DD 111)
  • JS Sawayuki (DD 125)
  • JS Yamayuki (DD 129)
  • JS Yugiri (DD 153)
  • JS Amagiri (DD 154)
  • JS Sawagiri (DD 157)
  • JS Chikuma (DE 233)
  • JS Abukuma (DE 229)
  • JS Oyodo (DE 231)
  • JS Tone (DE 234)
  • JS Hayabusa (PG 824)
  • JS Wakataka (PG 825)
  • JS Umitaka (PG 828)
Amphibious Warfare Ships 

  • JS Kunisaki (LST 4003)
  • JS Yura (LSU 4171)
  • JS Noto (LSU 4172)
Mine Warfare Ships 

  • JS Bungo (MST 464)
  • JS Yaeyama (MSO 301)
  • JS Hachijo (MSO 303)
  • JS Hirashima (MSC 601)
  • JS Takashima (MSC 603)
  • JS Tukishima (MSC 674)
  • JS Makishima (MSC 677)
  • JS Tunoshima (MSC 683)
  • JS Maejima (MSC 675)
  • JS Kumejima (MSC 676)
  • JS Tobishima (MSC 678)
  • JS Yugeshima (MSC 679)
  • JS Nagashima (MSC 680)
  • JS Naoshima(MSC 684)
  • JS Toyoshima (MSC 685)
  • JS Aishima (MSC 688)
  • JS Aoshima (MSC 689)
  • JS Shishijima (MSC 691)
  • JS Miyajima (MSC 692)
  • JS Sakushima (MCL 727)
Auxiliary Ships 

  • JS Chiyoda (AS 405)
  • JS Tokiwa (AOE 423)
  • JS Mashu (AOE 425)
  • JS Kurobe (ATS 4202)
  • JS Tenryu (ATS 4203)
  • JS Hiuchi (AMS 4301)
  • JS Suou (AMS 4302)
  • JS Suma (AGS 5103)
  • JS Wakasa (AGS 5104)
  • JS Nichinan (AGS 5105)
  • JS Kurihama (ASE 6101)
  • JS Asuka (ASE 6102)
  • JS Hashidate (ASY 91)
Shore-based Aircraft 

  • Fleet Air Wing 1, 2, 4, 5, 21, 31, Helicopter sqdns and others

(March 23, D+12)

JS Bungo, JS Tokiwa to operate off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture
JS Bungo (MST 464) is operating off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture. Recently, Bungo conducted a replenishment at sea with JS Tokiwa (AOE 423) near Kesen-numa.

JS Kunisaki began bath service
In addition to providing aid supplies and medical assistance, JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) began bath service for victims. Currently, Kunisaki is underway in Ishinomaki Bay.

Mobile Construction Group is deployed in relief operation
Mobile Construction Group, MSDF Hachinohe Air Base, has conducted reconstruction operations in affected areas. Their primary mission is maintenance, repair and reconstruction of MSDF bases through Japan.

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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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