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#121 JasonJ

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 0032 AM

Even though on separate schedules, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Bunker HIll, HMAS Anzac and HMAS Success, and JS Akizuki visit the Philippines at the same time. Balikatan exercise next month.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 0828 AM

FY2017 scrambles.

http://www.mod.go.jp...20180413_05.pdf

 

Noted in the first page is that the number of scrambles for FY2017 in response to Chinese aircraft numbered 500 times, marking a decrease by 351 times from last year. However the number of unusual flight paths such as H-6 bombers flying up to Ise Peninsula for the first time or like when fighter aircraft passing through the Tsushima strait and into the Sea of Japan for the first time, has increased. The number of flights passing through between the Okinawa main island and Miyako island was also the highest recorded, at 36 times, since the first time such a flight path was recorded in FY2013. The number of Russian related scrambles increased, including an increase in the number of times TU-95s made long distance travels along Japan, 21 times, 12 times more than last year.

 

Here are some images from the PDF report. Light blue English and year numbers are mine.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 2108 PM

Trump nominates Harry Harris to be ambassador to Australia.

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Harry Harris will become the US ambassador to South Korea instead.
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 0730 AM

HMS Sutherland arrived at Yokosuka on April 10th for North Korea related patrals and joint-training with the JMSDF. HMS Albion will be arriving sometime soon. And HMS Argyll is to come this coming winter.

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HMS Sutherland will conduct the mentioned joint-training with JS Suzunami, JS Tokiwa, a P-3C, and a sub in waters south of the Kanto area on April 27th and 28th.

http://www.mod.go.jp...04/20180411.pdf

 

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The joint-training went as described.

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http://www.mod.go.jp...04/20180429.pdf

 

 

 

JS Osumi visiting the Philippines

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https://news.mb.com....for-port-visit/

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 0503 AM

Number of Marines stationed in Australia's Northern Territory to increase again, going up from 1,250 last year to 1,587 marines.

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http://www.abc.net.a...-darwin/9689326

 

 

 

Marine Air Group 12 stationed at Iwakuni will send eight F-35Bs along with 140 personnel to Misawa Air Base for joint training in air to air and air to ground combat with about four F-2s, four F-15Js, one F-35A, and one AWACS of the JASDF from May 9th to May 24th.

http://www.mod.go.jp...018/04/27a.html


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Posted 05 May 2018 - 1007 AM

F-35 can have charming paint too :)

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 1013 AM

There's been emergency landings of a few helicopters in the past few months around the Okinawa area, no accidents, just emergency landings. Defense Minister said a team from the SDF would be dispatched to Futenma, US initially accepted but then declined SDF to visit on the day they were to come.

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https://www.japantim...g/#.Wu8Z9qSFPcs


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 2334 PM

Open base and airshow for "Friendship Day" at Iwakuni Base on May 5th.

 

Golden knights drop from MV-22B with national flags and anthems.

https://www.youtube....h?v=tBCx_5A4nME

 

PACAF F-16 flight demo

https://www.youtube....h?v=aM-OipqWTJE

 

F-2 flight demo

https://www.youtube....h?v=lGKVjlUJMKc

 

MV-22B flight demo

https://www.youtube....h?v=owMsPZbJEAs

 

F-35B, F-18, C-130 tanker, MV-22B flight and combat demo

https://www.youtube....h?v=xH2QGOwojGk


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Posted 09 May 2018 - 0635 AM

Balikatan 2018 has started, going from May 7th until May 18th. About 5,000 from the Philippines, 3,000 from the US, and some from Australia and Japan.

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http://www.gmanetwor...xercises/story/

 

 

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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II, from the 25th Fighter Squadron out of Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, sits on the flight line at Clark Air Base, Philippines as a U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk flies overhead May 7, 2018. Exercise Balikatan, in its 34th iteration, is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations held from May 7 to May 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders)

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 0718 AM

Japan and India conducted joint-training that included ASW on May 5th in the waters west of Goa, India. Two P-1s from Japan and from India, a P-8I, INS Trishul, and one sub.

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And..

 

The two P-1s then made a friendship visit to the Philippines and the two sides conducted joint-training in search and rescue on May 8th in the waters around Palawan Island (both SCS and Sulu Sea). From the Philippines side was a C-90 and a patrol boat. This appears to be separate from the Balikatan exercise going on.

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http://www.mod.go.jp...05/20180509.pdf


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Posted 11 May 2018 - 1025 AM

P-1 is larger than it appears with those oversized windows.


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Posted 11 May 2018 - 1845 PM

The big windows give it a cute look. Maybe a design inspired by big eyed female characters in anime ;)
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 0645 AM

JS Setogiri visited Visakhapatnam port, India from May 11th to May 13th, and conducted joint-training in ASW, AAW, etc. with INS Ranjit, as well as an Indian submarine and aircraft on the 13th and 14th of May.

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http://www.mod.go.jp...20180515-01.pdf


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 0627 AM

12 C-130Js of the 36th and 459th Airlift Squadrons trained together at Yokota Air Base.

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Japan and Malaysia inked defense equipment transfer agreement on April 18th.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 0412 AM

Balikatan 2018 has concluded

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Philippine Army soldiers from 7th Infantry Division lay down cover fire as Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s C Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, maneuver to their objective during a combined arms live-fire exercise (CALFEX) at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Tarlac, Philippines, May 15, 2018, as part of Exercise Balikatan. The CALFEX is designed to demonstrate cooperation and interoperability between Philippine and U.S. forces as the two militaries continue their commitment to train and share information to improve their ability to coordinate a multilateral response to crisis. Exercise Balikatan, in its 34th iteration, is an annual U.S.-Philippine military training exercise focused on a variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counterterrorism, and other combined military operations held from May 7 to May 18. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Beckstrom)

https://www.dvidshub...katan-18-calfex

 

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 2252 PM

Three Indian naval ships to visit Tien Sa port in Vietnam from May 21st to May 25th which includes planned joint-training.
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 0027 AM

An article about Malaysia's defense and its new defense minister, Mohamad Sabu. As JMSDF ships have started to visit Malaysia and concluded defense transfer agreement with Japan, its worth noting an emphasis on a non-alignment policy in the article.
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Posted 22 May 2018 - 2127 PM

 

Australia launches third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer

 

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Australian Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett in front of Hobart-class AWD Sydney. The ship is the third and final AWD launched for the RAN. Source: Australian DoD/Russell Millard

 

Australia has launched the third and final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

 

Named Sydney (with pennant number 42), the 146.7 m-long ship entered the water on 19 May in a ceremony presided over by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide.

 

The ship, which was laid down in November 2015, is set to be handed over to the RAN in December 2019 following sea trials. First-of-class HMAS Hobart was commissioned in September 2017 and is expected to be fully operational later this year, while the second AWD, Brisbane , is undergoing sea trials, with delivery to the RAN scheduled for September 2018.

 

The RAN’s Adelaide-class (US Oliver Hazard Perry design) frigates, of which only two remain in service, are being retired to make way for the Hobart-class AWDs, which provide the service with an improved war fighting capability.

 

Based on Navantia’s F-100 Alvaro de Bazan-class frigate design (with a number of Australian-specific modifications), the Hobart class deploys the Aegis combat system incorporating the AN/SPY 1D(V) phased array radar.

 

In RAN service the 48-cell MK 41 strike-length vertical launch system accommodates Standard Missile-2 medium-range Block IIIA (SM-2MR Block IIIA) and SM-2MR Block IIIB long-range surface-to-air missiles, as well as quad-packed medium-range RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) Block I.

 

The Hobart class, which has a full-load displacement of 6,350 tonnes, is also equipped with two four-canister RGM-84 Harpoon Block II anti-ship/land attack missile launchers, a MK 45 MOD 4 62-calibre 5-inch (127 mm) gun, an aft-facing Phalanx Block 1B 20 mm close-in weapon system, two Orbital ATK M242 25 mm Bushmaster automatic cannons in Rafael Typhoon stabilised and remotely operated mounts, and two MK 32 MOD 9 twin-tube launchers for the Eurotorp MU90 lightweight anti-submarine torpedo.

 

The Hobart-class sets a pretty high bar for Aegis-DDGs, and they are very welcome additions to the RAN.


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Posted 25 May 2018 - 0502 AM

JASDF personnel numbering 290 along with six F-15Js, one E-767, two C-130s, and one KC-767 to participate in a Red Flag exercise in Alaska that is held in June with US forces to improve combat abilities and US-Japan joint responsivness. Training to include air defense combat, aerial refuelng, and tactical transporting. The F-15s will receive refueling from an American tanker while crossing the Pacific towards Alaska. Singapore forces will also participate.
http://www.mod.go.jp.../H30/300525.pdf
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Posted 25 May 2018 - 2254 PM

JS Setogiri visits the Philippines, making it the fourth time JMSDF warship visited in a period of 5 months.

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http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1036409

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The US to supply radars for BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz.

Saab Defense and Security USA has been contracted by the US Naval Sea Systems Command to supply two Sea Giraffe AMB G-band shipborne radar systems for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case between the US government and the Philippines.

Sea Giraffe AMB – designated as AN/SPS-77(V) by the US Navy (USN) – will be installed on the Philippine Navy frigates BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), both of which are former US Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton-class cutters acquired through the Excess Defense Articles programme. The sale also includes Saab’s 9LV system for radar control and display for enhanced situational awareness.

http://www.janes.com...-to-philippines


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