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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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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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Posted 10 April 2020 - 0637 AM

JS Teruzuki and USS Gabrielle Giffords conducted joint-training on April 2nd in the Andaman Strait.

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https://www.mod.go.j.../20200403-1.pdf

https://www.pacom.mi...in-andaman-sea/

https://www.dvidshub...perate-together


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Posted 11 April 2020 - 0733 AM

USS America and JS Akebono sailing in the East China Sea on April 10th.

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200410-N-DB724-2392 EAST CHINA SEA (April 10, 2020) Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) launches an F-35B Lightning II assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) 265 (Reinforced) while sailing in formation with Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force JS Akebono (DD 108). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jomark A. Almazan)

https://www.dvidshub...-east-china-sea

 

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200410-N-BT681-4143 EAST CHINA SEA (April 10, 2020) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108) sails next to amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Berlier)
https://www.dvidshub...-east-china-sea
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Posted 17 April 2020 - 0328 AM

NTC 19-04

 

 

 

FORT IRWIN, CA, UNITED STATES
02.22.2019
Story by Pfc. Andrew R Bray
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U.S. Marines with 1st Brigade, 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group worked with the U.S. Army 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 72nd Tank Regiment at the National Training Center, Rotation 19-04 at Fort Irwin, California Feb. 9-22.

The exercises focused on improving fighting capabilities against a conventional force by a force-on-force section and a live fire section.

The force-on-force portion consisted of an opposing force made up of U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Irwin who were to fight the JGSDF 72nd Tank Regiment and 1st Stryker Brigade with 1st Brigade, 5th ANGLICO providing fire support coordination.

About two weeks prior to the actual field exercise, ANGLICO traveled to Fort Irwin from Okinawa and prepared. The Marines readied gear, planned, and practiced the skills they would be needing for the exercise. They were shown the equipment the friendly Japanese forces used and the equipment that the opposing force was using as well.

On Feb. 8, the Marines headed to the field to begin the force-on-force portion of the exercise. They split up into several different groups with different roles to fill.

Three firepower control teams worked towards the front of the conflict. FCT 1 spent the majority of the exercise at two observation points, gathering and communicating target information to friendly forces. FCT 2 worked with the JGSDF tanks and FCT 3 worked with the Army Strykers. FCT 2 and 3 worked at the front, observing and informing their armor units of potential targets and threats.

The remaining Marines, the supporting arms liaison team and brigade, were at the rear. They played a supporting role providing information and communication abilities to the forward elements. During this time, multiple integrated laser engagement systems were used to determine the elimination of assets on the both sides.

On Feb. 17, the force-on-force section of the exercise was concluded and the live fire began. The live fire allowed artillery and mortar crews to practice with live rounds to eliminate plywood targets.

During this time ANGLICO provided support for Japanese 120mm mortars and Army 155mm Howitzers. ANGLICO Marines informed the Japanese and Army where their rounds were impacting. The live fire portion of the exercise lasted until Feb. 22, when NTC Rotation 19-04 was concluded.

Cpl. Kevin Hackman, a fire support Marine with 1st Brigade, 5th ANGLICO, III Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, said that coordinating and training with different nations is particularly important to the Marine Corps because it is an expeditionary force. The Marine Corps needs to be ready to fight anywhere in the world, and having those relationships built and having the familiarity with working with foreign nations is important to operating effectively overseas.

https://www.dvidshub...nter-california

 

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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, prepare to enter an enemy-occupied compound while assaulting an urban objective during Decisive Action Rotation 19-04 at the National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 15, 2019. Decisive Action Rotations at the NTC ensure Army Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive, and consistently available for current and future contingencies. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Kamryn Guthrie, Operations Group, National Training Center)

https://www.dvidshub...eize-urban-city

 A couple of more in the spoiler

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JGSDF promo video of the exercise which included a lot of the vehicle type inventory from the JGSDF 72nd Tank regiment.

http://www.mod.go.jp...9/20190315.html

 

There was a 50 minute NHK documentary recently, on March 28th, about this training exercise.

 

The NHK approach is a bit hyper sensitive (as usual) so includes parts about the passing of defense laws 5 years ago and goes light on the security environment, to which it got lots of "NHK is anti-Japan" "no mention of China" in the comment section from other videos about the documentary such as this one. I think it was a little more balanced then that but I also think the documentary was made with the military ill-literate in Japan in mind as well so was very careful in approach.

 

But besides that, lots of footage.

 

0:00-5:10 Intro of the show and JGSDF heading out to California.

 

5:10-11:25 Intro of the US training center itself and the kind of training that goes on there.

 

11:25-13:29 JGSDF 72nd Tank regiment arrives at the center in January 2019. At 12:13 was back in November 2018 where the unit was being told about heading out to NTC.

 

13:29-15:45 Live fire with Type 90s while advancing towards a target area.

 

15:45-41-50 Mock battle with the Alaska 25th Infantry Division, 1st Striker Brigade Battle Group.

 

16:50 describes fantasy enemy country advances and occupies town called "Rejishu". Goal of US forces to recapture the town. The JGSDF tank regiment unit was to approach from one side to augment the US attack. Reconnaissance is sent out at 17:45. Around 5 personnel of the enemy on other side of the slope at 18:13.

 

18:36 Day 2 of the mock battle. Call to infantry that arty fire is incoming. So they fall back. The Japanese unit took heavy damage from the arty strike. The referee gave points afterwards which was that an enemy helicopter flew by and destroyed one of the Japanese vehicles but the Japanese unit remained in position for about 45 minutes not doing much, problem point being ineffective instructions from senior officers.

 

20:38-24:35 Day 6 of the mock battle. The US forces had retaken two positions from the fantasy enemy country and eliminated one of their forward units and are now pushing towards the goal of recapturing Rejishu. Upon reaching the edge of the town, no counter fire from the enemy. Town is silent at first but then open fire. US infantry go house to house clearing it up. During this time, the Japanese tank regiment unit was in position keeping watch for possible enemy movement towards the Rejishu.

 

24:35-33:44 blah blah stuff. The JSDF officer being interviewed says its good to have chance to practice at NTC for new environment experience and that the Japanese unit trained under a separate chain of command with the US forces going into the fantasy town while the Japanese unit was separate but close in support role. Then it goes into risk of getting entangled in a Middle East conflict showing scenes of the JSDF dispatch in Iraq in 2003, and the anti "war laws" demonstrations when the new defense bills were being passed, etc. Then to the painted rocks at NTC withrocks from participants from other countries such as the UK, Canada, UEA, etc. But then interview with Yanagisawa Kyoji who was talking about the risk of getting entangled in war. If you shoot, they shoot back, etc. Looked him up, surprise surprise, he was against Abe's reinterpretation of the constitution and against Japan entering into "collective self-defense" back in 2014. Then the journalists is in from of a Type 90 saying that it was developed as a response to the SU but with the SU collapsed, the number of tanks has been decreasing. These are the tanks participating in the training. So after all that blah blah, NHK failed to present anything about the South China Sea, North Korea, etc., which could validate the views in favor of "collective self-defense". There was nothing about Iran and Japan's oil supply either, even if the topic about sending forces into the ME requires very careful decision making. Hence the comments like"NHK is anti-Japan" Anyway..

 

33:44-37:16 back to the mock battle, still Day 6. As the Japanese tank unit was in position keeping watch, 6 tanks were knocked out by ATGMs. Comments from the Type 90 tankers is that the environment is so spacious and open so its totally different then the hilly terrain that they were used to in Hokkaido. The referee said that all the tanks were too tight in a group.

 

Another break from the mock battle, talking about ATGMs and guerrilla warfare. But the role of the tank is reinforced with all terrain mobility, precision fire power, armor, etc in the blah blah.

 

39:40-41:50 back to the mock battle. A group of AFVs consisting of 28 vehicles from fantasy enemy country broke through the line of the US forces assaulting Rejishu. So it was time for the Type 90s to support. 10 Type 90s vs the 28 AFVs. Result was one after another, the AFVs being knocked out and thus they retreated. But 9 Type 90s were knocked. One Type 90 crew says he knocked out 7 AFVs.

 

41:50-47:20 So to more blah blah, first person is Taura Masato who has served in the Iraq dispatch said JSDF personnel do not take the idea of being dispatched to somewhere as wanting to go or as not wanting to go but as professionals that they must prepare to go if called to go. Also that by sending actual tanks to the US for joint-training shows how deep the US-Japan alliance is and that adds to deterrence. Then its back to Yanagisawa Kyoji saying that if you shoot with a weapon at one side then they will shoot back so is that called security? If Japan with strict self-defense goes with the US which does not have strict self-defense, then the strict self-defense policy of Japan crumbles.


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Posted 23 April 2020 - 0037 AM

On February 4th, 2020, twenty-eight F-15Js, thirteen F-2s, and four F-4s for a total of forty-five fighters from the JASDF conducted joint-training with two B-52s and six F-16s of the USAF in the airspace around Japan. The two B-52s and 13 F-2s conducted simulated strikes with the F-16s providing escort.

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https://www.mod.go.j...31/20200206.pdf

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https://www.pacom.mi...wer-projection/
Spoiler
https://www.pacom.mi...i-counterparts/

 

 

On April 22nd, a B-1B and four F-16s of the USAF conducted joint-training with seven F-2s and eight F-15Js of the JASDF in the airspace around Japan and over the Sea of Japan.

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Spoiler
https://www.pacaf.af...rce-employment/

https://www.mod.go.j...R2/20200423.pdf


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