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#261 JasonJ

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 0654 AM

On March 4th, a B-52 flew around Japan, training with the JASDF, while another B-52 went to the SCS.

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https://www.japantim...n/#.XJYcsSIzbcs

 

On March 19th, two B-52s went to the East China Sea and trained with the JASDF and USN. Same day when two Y-9s flew into the East China Sea.

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https://www.stripes....na-sea-1.573763


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Posted 27 March 2019 - 0853 AM

 

24 F-22 Raptors Do The "Elephant Walk" In Alaska To Tout Their Readiness To Fight (Updated)

 

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As the USAF realigns its strategy towards "great power competition" with potential peer state enemies like Russia and China, high-profile displays of readiness among its combat aircraft fleets are becoming far more common than they were in the past. This time around, 3rd Wing based at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska showed off its might by concurrently generating a whopping 24 stealthy F-22 Raptors, an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System aircraft, and a C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet—all of which call the base home.

 

The 3rd Wing's "elephant walk," which occurred on March 26th, 2019, is uniquely important as the aircraft and airmen that make up the Wing would be among the first to rush to a crisis zone in the Pacific region. On top of that, the F-22s and E-3s based at Elmendorf AFB are the tip of America's air defense spear for a huge block of airspace that backs up right against Russia's own territory and the increasingly strategic Arctic region.

 

24 hours a day and 365 days a year, within a matter of minutes from when the klaxon sounds, a pair of fully armed and tanked-up F-22s can be scrambled into the air and race towards potential threats operating near U.S. airspace. Often times, a fully crewed E-3 follows right behind them. This happens far more often than most realize in an age of resurgent Russian long-range aviation forces. Russian strategic bombers, tankers, early warning and spy aircraft, and even escorting fighters are common visitors to the airspace off Alaska's frigid shores.

 

On a larger scale, during a big emergency or contingency operation, the airman at Elmendorf AFB may be tasked with generating as many Raptor sorties as possible in a minimal amount of time. So this elephant walk isn't just a grand photo op, it is an opportunity for high-tempo training and internal evaluation.

 

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#263 JasonJ

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 0900 AM

Who needs stinky allies? :)

 

Good pictures thanks for that.


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Posted 28 March 2019 - 0854 AM

Who needs stinky allies? :)

 

Good pictures thanks for that.

 

Happy to oblige. You post lots of great stuff, so I owed you one. ;)


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#265 JasonJ

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 0911 AM

 

Who needs stinky allies? :)

 

Good pictures thanks for that.

 

Happy to oblige. You post lots of great stuff, so I owed you one. ;)

 

 

Heh :)


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Posted 31 March 2019 - 0857 AM

Exercise Salaknib by the Philippines and US was carried out from March 4th to the 24th and involved a total of 1600 personnel from both sides and was carried out at several locations in Luzon. They trained in jungle field, command post, exchanges, health related, and humanitarian.

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http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1063158

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https://www.manilati...xercise/519827/

 

Exercise Balikatan is getting underway between the Philippines (4,000 personnel), the US (3,500) , and a small dispatch from Australia (50). Will include USS Wasp and her F-35Bs. The exercise will go from April 1st to April 12th and take place in Luzon, Palawan, and Mindoro.

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https://news.mb.com....e-opens-monday/

 

The Philippines received first batch of Huey spare parts from Japan on March 20th. Next batch of parts to be delivered in August.

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https://www.manilati...e-parts/528172/


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 0721 AM

Exercise Diamond Shield 2019 - Various RAAF aircraft train with USAF Aggressors and other aircraft. The exercise went from March 4th until march 29th at RAAF bases Williamtown and Amberley.

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https://australianav...diamond-shield/


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Posted 18 April 2019 - 0606 AM

From April 30th to July 10th, JS Izumo (with 4 helis) and JS Murasame will conduct a series of joint-training and will make stops at Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore.

https://www.mod.go.j...20190416-02.pdf


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#269 Dark_Falcon

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 1824 PM

 

Japan launches second Maya-class destroyer

 

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Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation launched the second of two Maya (Improved Atago)-class destroyers on order for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on 17 July.

 

Named Haguro (pennant number 180), the 170 m-long vessel entered the water in a ceremony held at JMU's facility in Yokohama City, and is expected to be commissioned in March 2021.

 

The destroyer, which will be the eighth JMSDF ship to be equipped with the Aegis Combat System, is 5 m longer than the Atago-class destroyers operated by the JMSDF.

 

Haguro will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar and the Northrop Grumman AN/SPQ-9B X-band (NATO I-band) (8-12.5 GHz) high-resolution fire-control radar.

 

The ship, which cost about JPY173.4 billion (USD1.6 billion) to build, will be equipped with the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which will enable the destroyer to act as part of a wider 'grid' of sensors and weapon platforms that allow other CEC-equipped ships to share surveillance and targeting information.

 

The JMSDF also plans to provide first-of-class Maya , which was launched on 30 July 2018 and is expected to enter service in March 2020, with this capability to better counter threats such as those posed by North Korean ballistic missiles.

 

The Maya class has a standard displacement of 8,200 tonnes, which is 450 tonnes more than the Atago-class ships. Powered by two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines in a combined gas turbine-electric and gas turbine (COGLAG) configuration, each of these platforms can reach a top speed of 30 kt, according to JMU.

 

The destroyers, each of which has a crew of about 300, are also equipped with multifunction towed array (MFTA) sonar systems and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities.


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#270 JasonJ

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 0641 AM

Here it is being moved out of the dock after the launching ceremony. Video is partly a time lapse.


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Posted 24 July 2019 - 1559 PM

 

 

Japan launches second Maya-class destroyer

 

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Shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation launched the second of two Maya (Improved Atago)-class destroyers on order for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on 17 July.

 

Named Haguro (pennant number 180), the 170 m-long vessel entered the water in a ceremony held at JMU's facility in Yokohama City, and is expected to be commissioned in March 2021.

 

The destroyer, which will be the eighth JMSDF ship to be equipped with the Aegis Combat System, is 5 m longer than the Atago-class destroyers operated by the JMSDF.

 

Haguro will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar and the Northrop Grumman AN/SPQ-9B X-band (NATO I-band) (8-12.5 GHz) high-resolution fire-control radar.

 

The ship, which cost about JPY173.4 billion (USD1.6 billion) to build, will be equipped with the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which will enable the destroyer to act as part of a wider 'grid' of sensors and weapon platforms that allow other CEC-equipped ships to share surveillance and targeting information.

 

The JMSDF also plans to provide first-of-class Maya , which was launched on 30 July 2018 and is expected to enter service in March 2020, with this capability to better counter threats such as those posed by North Korean ballistic missiles.

 

The Maya class has a standard displacement of 8,200 tonnes, which is 450 tonnes more than the Atago-class ships. Powered by two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines in a combined gas turbine-electric and gas turbine (COGLAG) configuration, each of these platforms can reach a top speed of 30 kt, according to JMU.

 

The destroyers, each of which has a crew of about 300, are also equipped with multifunction towed array (MFTA) sonar systems and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities.

 

 

Just in time for the announcement of South Korean plans to build light carriers more than double the displacement of their Dokdo class amphibious assault ships.


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