Posts tagged "MSDF"
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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Japan planning dramatic boost in submarines

So, last week me and this “conflict reporter” guy were hanging out in my backyard, shooting the breeze, and I mentioned that I thought Japan would fortify the Senkaku islands with land-based missiles. Missile, maybe in silos, I said. Something with a permanent presence. No, conflict reporter guy said, submarines. They’ll built more submarines. I...

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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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China rescinds invitation to Japanese Training Squadron

      Remember that MSDF Training Squadron that passed through San Francisco five months ago, the one that yours truly (see above) got to hang out on? The one that then proceeded to make a round-the-world trip? The Chinese port of Qingdao was supposed to be the second-to-last port visit. It’s been cancelled. Hanoi,...

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Japan to decide on Global Hawk purchase

Japan is considering buying four Global Hawk UAVs for long-range surveillance. From Ares: The Japanese military’s joint staff office is studying the possible order, reflecting its status as a national program. A force of four could provide a continuous patrol, even with one in deep maintenance. The navy is arguing that Japan is not ready...

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YouTube Fridays: Anti-Submarine Warfare explained

Found footage from militaryphotos.net: Anti-submarine warfare never looked so cute, or fun. Or like a Third Eye Blind video. Is that a Yuan-class boat?

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SDF expanding anti-piracy patrol zone

The Self Defense Forces are planning on increasing their patrol area off the coast of Somalia by 200 kilometers, in response to an anticipated increase in pirate activity. The extension, which will also affect an area patrolled by the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s P-3C patrol aircraft, is aimed at dealing with an expected increase in piracy...

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It’s official: Japan is getting Marines

It’s really happening: Japan is getting Marines. Corey Wallace at Sigma1 summarizes from a Asahi article that hasn’t made it into English yet. According to an Asahi Shimbun article here (jp), the MoD plan to convert a GSDF infantry regiment into a US-style amphibious unit is proceeding. Given the rapid modernization of Chinese defense forces,...

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MSDF sends another pair of destroyers to the Horn of Africa

I believe this is the sixth rotation of ships to the anti-piracy mission. A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer left the Sasebo base in Nagasaki Prefecture on Thursday for antipiracy operations off Somalia under a law authorizing MSDF warships to escort commercial vessels sailing under any flag. The 4,650-ton Makinami will link up with the 3,550-ton MSDF...

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Thoughts on a Japanese Marine Corps, #3: The MSDF

Thoughts on a Japanese Marine Corps, #3: The MSDF

In a lot of ways, the Maritime Self Defense Force is already well equipped to carry a Japanese amphibious force. The MSDF amphibious forces order of battle currently looks like this: 3 Osumi-class Landing Ship, Tank ships 4 LCUs (Landing Craft, Utility) 12 LCMs (Landing Craft, Medium) 6 LCACs (Landing Craft, Air Cushion) This gives...

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MSDF officers tried for collision at sea deaths

Two MSDF officers on duty when the Aegis destroyer Atago collided with a fishing board pled not guilty in court in a court in Yokohama to the charges of “professional negligence leading to death” and “professional negligence leading to endangering traffic.” The accident, which took place in 2008 off the coast of Japan, resulted in...

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Hmm, this could be interesting for Japan

Via Stephen Trimble’s The DEW Line: VARIOUS. Notice the video has VARIOUS flying off a San Antonio-class LPD. I wonder if it could fly off a Shirane-class helicopter destroyer? Say, 4 VARIOUS-type aircraft, plus a Shirane’s two 5″ guns could provide effective naval gunfire and air support for a modest-sized naval landing force. A landing...

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