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Posted 21 October 2017 - 0034 AM
Rex Tillerson gave a talk at a CSIS about the developing relationship between the US and India in which in emphasized the developing economic, defense, and counter-terrorism, as well as India representing the shared ideals in democracy, rule of law, freedom of navigation of the seas, and so on, which is to last for the century.
Edited by JasonJ, 21 October 2017 - 0034 AM.
Posted 28 October 2017 - 0447 AM
Three US carrier strike groups to conduct training together. SDF to participate.
WASHINGTON – Three of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers plan to hold a joint exercise in the western Pacific Ocean in mid-November, American military sources have told Jiji Press.
The navy and Self-Defense Forces are also making arrangements for the SDF to take part in the drills, the sources said.
According to a senior U.S. military official, a drill with three flattops participating is extremely rare.
The exercise — which will demonstrate U.S. military capabilities and its commitment to U.S.-Japan ties — will be held as a warning to North Korea, which continues its nuclear and missile development.
It is expected to be a large-scale event, as the three participating aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Nimitz, each head a carrier strike group that includes Aegis destroyers.
In June, the Reagan and the USS Carl Vinson, another U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, conducted a joint drill in the Sea of Japan with Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces.
It will be the first joint exercise involving three flattops since a similar drill was held in 2007 in the waters off Guam.
Although the exact location of the planned exercise is undecided, the drill may be held in waters near the Korean Peninsula, the sources said.
U.S. President Donald Trump is set to visit Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines from Nov. 5-13.
The sources said that it is purely by chance that the exercise may coincide with Trump’s visit to the Asian nations.
The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, which handles growing threats from North Korea and China and is based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, covers an area west of the international date line to the Indian Ocean.
Currently, the Reagan, active near the Korean Peninsula, the Roosevelt, which is on its way to an operation in the Middle East from its home port in San Diego, and the Nimitz, which is returning to the United States after completing an operation in the Middle East, are deployed in the fleet’s area.
As it is rare for three aircraft carriers to assemble in one area, a drill should be conducted if there is an opportunity, a U.S. military official said.
The official added that the exercise will enable the United States to display its military might, as well as demonstrate the country’s determination to protect its allies.
Posted 07 November 2017 - 0910 AM
5 warships from the UNS, JMSDF, and IN conducted joint-training from Nov 3rd to 6th in the Sea of Japan. Ships were USS Ronald Reagan, USS Chafee, JS Inazuma, INS Satpura, and INS Kamorta. Picture below taken on Nov 4th.
TOKYO: The US Navy carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, conducted three days of drills with a Japanese destroyer and two Indian warships in the Sea of Japan, Japan's navy said on Tuesday.
The exercise involving five ships, which ended Monday, came amid heightened tension in the region over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests+ and as US President Donald Trump began a 12-day tour of Asia beginning in Japan on Sunday.
"The exercise helped improve fighting skills and deepened cooperation with India," Japan's Maritime Self Defence Force said in a press release.
The 100,000-ton Reagan, which is based in Japan carries around 70 combat aircraft and is the US Navy's most powerful warship in Asia.
The Reagan will join two other carriers in the Western Pacific, the USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt, in a potent reminder to Pyongyang of the US ability to rapidly mobilize military force, U.S. officials told Reuters earlier.
Posted 12 November 2017 - 0747 AM
Three US carrier strike groups with JMSDF.
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 12, 2017) The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Groups transit the Western Pacific with ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The strike groups are underway, and conducting operations, in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional security, stability and prosperity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Rivera/Released)
More pictures in the spoiler
A couple of days earlier, on Nov 10th, two F-15Js trained with USS Ronald Reagan while the USN and JMSDF is carrying out joint cruise training that went from October 26th to November 12th in the Sea of Japan, East China Sea, and Okinawa waters.
Views from USS Nimitz during the cruise.
Edited by JasonJ, 13 November 2017 - 0017 AM.
Posted 13 November 2017 - 0744 AM
Some more views:
The US, Japan, Australia, and India have for the first time a "quad" meeting on shared security issues for a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Two F-15Js and two F-2s from the JASDF trained with three F/A-18s from USS Nimitz on November 13th over the Sea of Japan.
Posted 17 November 2017 - 0949 AM
USN and JMSDF large scale joint-training from Nov 16th to 26th.
YOKOSUKA, Japan -- The 2017 edition of Annual Exercise, a bilateral maritime field training exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy (USN), will be conducted Nov. 16-26.
Approximately 14,000 U.S. personnel will participate, from units including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron.
Annual Exercise, the premier training event between USN and JMSDF, is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American forces through training in air and sea operations. The training will take place in the waters surrounding Okinawa. The exercise follows more than a week of scenario-based training ashore.
Questions regarding JMSDF participation, training and personnel should be referred to the Japan Maritime Staff Office Public Affairs Office.
About 25 Japanese warships and about 60 aircraft are to participate. A Canadian warship will also participate. Training involves anti-sub, anti-surface ship, and anti-air warfare. There is a portion of only Japanese training which started on November 10. It runs through to November 16th and then to November 26th with the USN ships described above.
The Japanese ships gathering on the 15th for the training near Okinawa.
OKINAWA, Japan (Nov. 15, 2017) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyers gather at White Beach at the start of Annual Exercise 2017 (ANNUALEX). ANNUALEX is a bilateral training exercise between the U.S. Navy and JMSDF designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American forces through training in air and sea operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Alex T. Mabini/Released)
A couple of more in spoiler
Edited by JasonJ, 19 November 2017 - 0107 AM.
Posted 19 November 2017 - 0439 AM
In August this year, a US B-52 and JASDF F-15Js conducted joint-training over the Sea of Japan.
According to government officials, it became known on the 19th that in August a nuclear capable USAF B-52 strategic bomber flew over the Japanese archipelago and conducted joint-training with JASDF F-15s in the airspace over the Sea of Japan. It is the first time that JASDF aircraft over the Sea of Japan trained with a B-52.
According to government officials, on the basis of the "three non-nuclear principles", the government made sure that there were no nuclear weapons loaded before the training. In August, the B-52 flew from the Pacific side passing through the north eastern skies westward, and carried out the joint-training with the F-15s over the Sea of Japan. It's said they conducted things like checking formation flight procedures.
Some of the frequent joint-training between the JASDF and US aircraft such as B-1 strategic bombers and the advanced F-35 stealth fighter around Kyushu is being made public. The joint-training between the B-52 and JASDF was not made public and a government official said that "It is not OK to make all of the joint-training public. North Korea would receive strong pressure if it was known that a nuclear capable B-52 went nearby.Spoiler
Edited by JasonJ, 19 November 2017 - 0439 AM.
Posted 27 November 2017 - 2200 PM
[Japan-Philippines related] In addition to the contributions of coastal patrol boats and high speed boats currently ongoing, an agreement for new coastal observation radar facilities was made. In order to improve the security of the southern parts of the Philippines as well as the Sulu Celebes Seas, it was announced that a scale of about 15 billion yen will be provided over 2 years. Japan would like to continue to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region that Japan advocates for. Japan will continue to further strengthen cooperation with the Philippines for International Public Goods [IPG's] that make for security and prosperity for both countries.
Edited by JasonJ, 27 November 2017 - 2207 PM.
Posted 30 November 2017 - 0926 AM
India and Singapore sign a naval pact for expanding maritime cooperation.
JS Oonami with BRP Miguel Malvar on November 28th in Philippine territorial waters.
Posted 01 December 2017 - 0855 AM
India, Japan, and Australia will have a trilateral meeting, the fourth of its kind starting in 2015, next month on the theme of an "open and free" Indo-Pacific.
Australia's foreign policy white paper published a week or 2 ago:
Posted 04 December 2017 - 0756 AM
Two B-1B bombers arrived at Amberley Base in Australia for joint-training with RAAF.
Two United States Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers have arrived at Amberley for exercises with the RAAF.
The jets, from the 37th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron based at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, touched down at Amberley on Monday, and are participating in the RAAF’s Exercise Lightning Focus.
Lightning Focus concludes on December 2 and is providing air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers.
The USAF’s participation in the exercise is part of the United States Force Posture Initiatives Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) program. The same initiative saw 12 F-22 Raptors deploy to Australia earlier this year.
Two F-2s from Tsuiki, two F-15Js from Naha, two F/A-18s from Iwakuni, and two F-35As from Kadena conducted joint-training on December 4th in the waters around Okinawa and over the Sea of Japan.
Edited by JasonJ, 05 December 2017 - 0808 AM.
Posted 12 December 2017 - 1350 PM
Yama Sakura 73 - US Military and JGSDF Joint Army Command Post Exercise.
CAMP SENDAI, Japan (Dec. 5, 2017) - Army Lt. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander, Army I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, and Lt. Gen. Tetsur Yamanoue, commanding general of the Northeastern Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), salute their troops during the opening ceremony of Yama Sakura. Yama Sakura is an annual bilateral command post exercise involving the U.S. Military and the JGSDF. the purpose of the exercise is to enhance U.S. and Japanese combat readiness and interoperability while strengthening bilateral relationships and demonstrating U.S. resolve to support the security interests of allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. During the exercise, U.S. military members and JGSDF members exchange ideas, tactics, techniques, military experiences, and culture. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Matthew R. Cole) 171205-A-ZZ999-694
The opening ceremony for the US Military and JGSDF joint army command post exercise "Yama Sakura" was held on December 5th at JGSDF Camp Sendai (Miyago Prefecture, Sendai City).
Without imagine any specific enemy country, the aim was to maintain and enhance joint abilities and countermeasures via computers towards various kinds of attacks such as land invasion, ballistic missiles, and cyber.
At the opening ceremony, JGSDF North Eastern superintendent-general, General Tetsuro Yamanoue instructed with the North Korea problem in mind "Yama Sakura happening at this time is the perfect chance to show that the US and Japan are 100% together."
The exercise goes until December 13th. On the Japanese side is about 5,000 personnel centered on the JGSDF North Eastern Army and from the US side, about 1,600 personnel from the US Army and others are participating.
Yama Sakura started in 1982 with this time's exercise being the 73rd time.Spoiler
Below is a no sound video of a joint army command post exercise in 2015 that also went up to December 13th in that year. Probably an earlier Yama Sakura.
Edited by JasonJ, 12 December 2017 - 1352 PM.
Posted 12 December 2017 - 2116 PM
Russian Pacific Fleet receives T-80BV tanks
Russian military Pacific Fleet marines have received new T-80BV tanks as part of Russia's Rearmament Plan of the Pacific Fleet Costal Troops programme, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 6 December.
The tanks were received in the Kamchatka region, where personnel have already undergone training on the vehicles. Live-fire exercises for the new vehicles are currently underway at the Radygino training ground.
The tanks have been upgraded wth new Relikt reactive armour protection in place of the obsolete Kontakt-1. The engine compartment and the rear of the turret have been improved with slat armour protection. The tank is equipped with the new Sosna-U sight.
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