Japan Maritime Selfdefense Force News

31 Aug 2018

Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF Participate in Bilateral Training

Photo: U.S. Navy

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Escort Flotilla 4 Battle Group, participated in bilateral training Aug. 31 while underway in the South China Sea.During the training, units from the two maritime forces sailed in formation, participated in replenishment-at-sea training, exchanged Naval Liaison Officers and practiced maneuvering procedures.Additionally, Rear Adm. Karl O. Thomas, Commander, Task Force 70, and CTF 70 personnel visited JS Kaga to speak with JMSDF Rear Adm. Tatsuya Fukuda, Commander, Escort Flotilla 4, about JMSDF and U.S.

06 Mar 2018

US Navy, JMSDF Participate in MultiSail 2018

Photo: United States Navy

Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are scheduled to participate in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2018, Mar. 8-14. MultiSail is an annual bilateral training exercise that improves interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces. In 2018 the focus of the exercise will be on improving fundamental skills such as tracking and defeating submarines, combatting other surface forces, live fire training, and interoperability with U.S. and JMSDF units.

12 Dec 2017

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Returns to Washington

Photo: United States Navy

Washington-based ships assigned to Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 returned Dec. 10, just in time for the upcoming holidays following a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), with embarked CSG-11, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap, and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Shoup (DDG 86) and USS Kidd (DDG 100) returned to Naval Station Everett. The strike group consists of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)…

28 Sep 2017

USS Key West Participates in Tri-Lateral Submarine Exercise

Photo: United States Navy

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) participated in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Tri-Lateral Submarine Competition (SUBCOMP) exercise in waters south of Japan, which also included participation by a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine, from Sept. 12 to 19. The SUBCOMP exercise provided an excellent opportunity to further the integration and tri-lateral coordination in an Anti-submarine warfare environment for the three navies. This year's SUBCOMP involved four JMSDF submarines, a RAN Collins-class submarine HMAS Dechaineux (SSG 76) and Key West.

13 Sep 2017

Japanese Navy Ship Teruzuki Visits India

Passage Exercise 'PASSEX' in Kochi on 11 September 2017 between Indian Naval Ship Sunayna and JMSDF Ship Teruzuki. Photo: Indian Navy

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Ship Teruzuki visited Kochi from 09 to 11 September 2017. Captain Masashi Kondo, Commander Escort Division Six is sailing onboard JS Teruzuki, a destroyer which is being commanded by Commander Seiichi Hashimoto. Captain Masashi Kondo, Commander Escort Division Six accompanied by the Commanding Officer of Japanese Ship Teruzuki had called on Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, VSM, the Chief Staff Officer (Training) of Southern Naval Command (SNC) on 09 September 2017 wherein professional subjects of common interest to both navies were discussed.

10 Jul 2017

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Begins Malabar 2017

Photo: United States Navy

Sailors and Marines assigned to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, the Indian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commenced the Malabar in-port portions in Chennai, India, July 9. The maritime exercise Malabar, which was first held in 1992, occurs annually to improve interoperability between U.S., Indian, and Japanese maritime forces. The exercise enhances maritime relationships and demonstrates credible naval power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. "The exercise continues to grow because we are bringing in more ships and we are bringing together three countries," said Cmdr.

23 Jun 2017

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Returns from WESTPAC

Official U.S. Navy file photo

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), along with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 arrived in San Diego June 23, following a five-and-a-half-month deployment to the Western Pacific. Carl Vinson, Lake Champlain, Wayne E. Meyer and embarked air wing and staffs departed San Diego for a regularly-scheduled deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S.

16 Jun 2017

Missing US Navy Sailor Found Alive

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Peter Mims, missing for a week and feared to have fallen overboard from USS Shiloh into the Philippine Sea, has been found alive aboard the ship. (U.S. Navy photo by Pat Morrissey)

A U.S. Navy sailor feared to have fallen overboard has been found alive aboard USS Shiloh (CG 67) a week after he went missing. Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Peter Mims was reported missing June 8 and was presumed to have fallen overboard in the Philippine Sea, triggering a search involving U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Japan Coast Guard assets that lasted more than 50 hours and covered some 5,500 square miles. The ocean search was suspended on June 11, but the ship’s crew continued to search on board the vessel.

12 Jun 2017

Ballarat Completes Multi-National Passage Exercise

HMAS Ballarat (centre) conducts a Passage Exercise in the South China Sea with Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ships Izumo and Sazanami and the Royal Canadian ship HMCS Winnipeg. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has completed a passage exercise with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy ships during her South East Asia deployment. The exercise, conducted in the South China Sea from 8-10 June, included Japanese ships Izumo and Sazanami, Canadian ship Winnipeg and USS Sterett. The ships completed close quarters manoeuvres, helicopter operations, personnel exchanges, gunnery exercises and air defence training.

10 Mar 2017

US Navy, JMSDF Complete MultiSail 17

Photo:  United States Navy

Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 17, March 10. The six-day exercise consisted of surface action group maneuvers, anti-submarine training, and various other events which tested warfighting capabilities of each participant. The MultiSail 17 participants included forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)…

06 Mar 2017

US, Japan to Participate in MultiSail 2017

U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are participating in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2017, March 6-10. Participants include six U.S. Navy ships, two JMSDF ships, and a number of subsurface and other special units. MultiSail is a bilateral training exercise which improves interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces. This training provides real-world proficiency through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and underwater in response to a range of mission areas.

04 Apr 2016

Japanese War Subs Dock in the Philippines

Photo:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Two Japanese destroyers and a submarine  have arrived to the major Philippine port of Subic, , the first in 15 years, to uphold “peace and stability” in the region, the Philippine Navy have said. The port of Subic is located in the vicinity of the disputed South China Sea water routes. The training submarine Oyashio, accompanied by the destroyers Ariake and Setogiri, made the  port call at Subic Bay, home of a former U.S. naval base, ahead of planned open sea drills. Manila is seeking to strengthen ties with Tokyo as tensions mount over the disputed waterway…

11 Mar 2016

Japanese Submarine to Join Australia's Navy in Military Drill

Soryu-class submarine. Photo: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Soryu-class JS Hakuryu and two warfare destroyers will work with Australian ships near Jervis Bay as part of bilateral exercises, reports AAP. The 4,000-ton Soryu-class stealth submarine JS Hakuryu, outfitted with a new lithium-ion battery propulsion system, will be joined by two JMSDF destroyers and two helicopters during the training exercise aimed to  â€śfoster collaboration” and “improve tactical skills,” according to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). All in all, around 430 JMSDF personnel will participate in the drill.

07 Mar 2016

MHI Delivers "Jinryu" Japan's 7th Soryu-Class Submarine

The ceremony was attended by MOD officials including State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya, JMSDF Chief of Staff Tomohisa Takei, and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency Commissioner Hideaki Watanabe Photo MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) delivered the "Jinryu" submarine to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD) today in a ceremony held at the MHI Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works' No.3 pier in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. The Jinryu is the seventh Soryu-class submarine supplied to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and the fourth built by MHI. MHI also built the first Soryu-class submarine, and has produced a total of 26 submarines at the MHI Kobe Shipyard over the last 70 years.

21 Jan 2016

US, Japanese Ships Start Tactical Exercise Near Guam

McCampbell is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Soon Kwon)

Guam Exercise (GUAMEX), an annual bilateral training exercise between the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), began Jan. 20 off the coast of Guam. Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 guided-missile destroyers, USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), will practice tactical operations along with more than six ships from the JMSDF in a number of exercises including, an anti-air warfare exercise, anti-submarine warfare exercise, and anti-surface warfare exercise. Maritime assets from the U.S.

03 Dec 2015

Littoral OP Tech East - Examining Coastal Operations

EXPERTS from navies, academia and industry are meeting in Tokyo to examine the unique challenges of operating in the littoral or coastal environment. The Littoral OPTECH East workshop is being held in Tokyo, Japan this week with the academic leadership of the Littoral Operations Center (LOC) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. OPTECH East has the support of the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global, and with the participation of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Swedish Navy and the defense company, Saab. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, who commands the U.S.

02 Dec 2015

Littoral OP Tech East - Examining Coastal Operations

Op-Tech Workshop (Photo: Nicklas Gustafsson)

The Littoral OPTECH East workshop is being held in Tokyo, Japan this week with the academic leadership of the Littoral Operations Center (LOC) at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. OPTECH East has the support of the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global, and with the participation of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Swedish Navy and the defense company, Saab. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, who commands the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, was the keynote speaker for the first day.

22 Jun 2015

US,Japan, Philippines to Hold South China Sea Naval Drill

US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. and Japan are conducting separate military drills with the Philippines near disputed islands in the South China Sea, says a report in Reuters. The naval exercises is not far from the disputed Spratly archipelago, where China's rapid creation of seven island outposts is stoking regional tensions. Japan will dispatch a P-3C patrol aircraft to the South China Sea, to join a military exercise with the Philippines navy. Japanese media quoted Tomohisa Takei, chief of staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force…

29 Apr 2015

Japan, US Bolster Submarine Alliance

Commanders from the U.S. and Japanese Navies visited Naval Base Guam, touring the base and examining areas of cooperation, the U.S. Navy reported. The United States’ Rear Adm. William R. Merz, commander, Submarine Group 7, and Japan’s Vice Adm. Masakazu Kaji, commander, Fleet Submarine Force of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) visited the base April 26-28. The commanders also met with Rear Adm. Babette Bolivar, commander, Joint Region Marianas, during an office call visit. During the visit, Merz and Kaji toured Naval Base Guam, the JMSDF submarine JS Hakuryu (SS 503), and observed the Hakuryu team conduct a brief mission…

26 Feb 2015

Japan Plans Naval Exercises with Philippines

Photo: Philippines Defense Forces Forum

Admiral Tomoshisa Takei, chief of staff of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is holding high-level talks with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) concerning the mounting maritime tension in the West Philippine Sea and other security concerns within the Asia-Pacific region. He discussed concerns on maritime domain awareness and challenges” in the South China Sea with the Armed Forces of the Philippines deputy chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Virgilio Doming. The two senior officers discussed concerns on maritime domain awareness and other challenges in the West Philippine Sea.

22 Oct 2014

USS Milius Departs on Deployment

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69)

The guided missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) departed Naval Base San Diego Oct. 20 on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, will conduct presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations. Prior to deploying to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Milius will participate in a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California, Oct. 20-31, along with other units from the U.S and Canadian navies and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. U.S.

01 Jul 2014

Australian Defence Force Helps in Cambodia Health Project

Health clinic Cambodia: Photo ADF

Australian Defence Force (ADF) inform that its medical personnel working alongside colleagues from the armed forces of the US, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Chile have treated almost 3000 people in the Cambodian city of Sihanoukville and the surrounding region. The Cambodian clinics were held as part of Pacific Partnership 2014, a US-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance exercise aimed at strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations in the Asia-Pacific.

27 Aug 2013

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Visits Japanese Government

VCNO Adm. Mark Ferguson

The vice chief of naval operations (VCNO) met with several key leaders within the government of Japan and its Ministry of Defense Aug. 26. Adm. Mark Ferguson is at the beginning of a series of engagements in Tokyo, at several U.S. Navy installations in Region Japan, and with neighboring local government officials this week. During this first day of the trip, Ferguson met with the Japan Minister of Defense, Itsunori Onodera, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Chief of Staff, Vice Adm. Eiichi Funada.

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