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Two Japanese Destroyers Score in Ballistic Missile Defense Test off Hawaii

Two Japanese Maya-class destroyers successfully test-fired SM-3 interceptors against ballistic missile targets off Hawaii last week, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) announced on Monday. The tests at the Pacific Missile Range on Kauai Island, Hawaii, validated the ballistic missile defense capabilities of Japan’s newest destroyers JS Maya (DDG-179) and JS Haguro (DDG-180) in… → Read More

U.S. Army Expanding Interoperability with Navy, Marines in the Pacific

Developing relationships and enhancing interoperability with allies partners through exercises and engagements is the focus for U.S. Army Pacific, officials from the command told reporters last week. The command is pushing increased readiness and the ability to respond to contingencies in the Indo-Pacific region, which is in line with the Department of Defense’s emphasis on … → Read More

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Deployment Prompted Record Japanese Fighter Scrambles

In a six-month period from April to September, Japanese fighters scrambled 446 times to intercept threatening aircraft from China and Russia, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense. Many of the aircraft intercepted belonged to the air wing embarked on the People’s Liberation Army Navy aircraft carrier CNS Liaoning (16). The Japan Air Self-Defense Force … → Read More

Japan Monitoring Russian, Chinese Ships Operating Near Japan

A Russian Navy Kilo-class submarine, along with two Russian Navy ships, transited La Pérouse Strait on Friday, according to a Friday Japanese Joint Staff Office release. A Russian Navy destroyer, submarine and submarine rescue ship were sighted 40 km northeast of Cape Soya, Hokkaido, 6 p.m. Thursday, according to the release. Hull numbers and images … → Read More

Japanese Warships Return Home Following First Phase of Indo-Pacific Deployment

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) first surface unit of its Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 (IPD22) — helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) and destroyer JS Takanami (DD-110) — returned home to Yokosuka this week. The second surface unit, which includes destroyer JS Kirisame (DD-104) is currently at sea and not expected to return until later this … → Read More

U.S., Japanese Defense Chiefs Reaffirm Alliance in Pentagon Meeting

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada reaffirmed their commitment to an alliance on Wednesday during the defense secretaries’ first meeting since Hamada’s appointment in August. The U.S.-Japan Alliance remains a cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and both countries are bound by deep friendship and trust, Austin said … → Read More

Japan to Build Two 20,000-ton Missile Defense Warships, Indian Carrier Commissions

Japan’s Ministry of Defence is proposing to build a pair of ballistic missile defense ships – the among largest warships in the Japanese inventory since World War II – government officials said last week. The Ministry of Defense listed design expenses and engines for the two Aegis BMD ships among 100 items requested that did … → Read More

Chinese, Russian Warships Hold Live Fire Drills off Japan as Part of Vostok 2022

Russian and Chinese warships have been conducting drills around Japan since Friday as part of the Russian military’s Vostok 2022 strategic drills that ends on Wednesday. In a release on Saturday, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was taking part in the exercise with a surface action group … → Read More

Chinese, Russian Warships Hold Live Fire Drills off Japan as Part of Vostok 2022

Russian and Chinese warships have been conducting drills around Japan since Friday as part of the Russian military’s Vostok 2022 strategic drills that ends on Wednesday. In a release on Saturday, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was taking part in the exercise with a surface action group … → Read More

14 Russian Warships Enter Sea of Japan Ahead of Major Military Exercises

A group of 14 Russian Navy ships transited through La Pérouse Strait from the Western Pacific Ocean into the Sea of Japan ahead of Russian military drills scheduled to start next week, the Japan Ministry of Defense said on Monday. On Saturday, four Russian ships were sighted sailing westwards in an area 161 miles east-northeast … → Read More

RIMPAC 2022 Officials Reflect on Lessons Learned, What to Change for RIMPAC 2024

The Rim of the Pacific 2022 exercise enabled participants to build upon their adaptability, particularly during the unscripted portion, leaders overseeing the exercise told reporters Wednesday. Officials said they will assess the experiences and lessons gathered from the exercise to decide what to execute in RIMPAC 2024. Speaking in a media call, U.S. 3rd Fleet … → Read More

RIMPAC 2022 Officials Reflect on Lessons Learned, What to Change for RIMPAC 2024

The Rim of the Pacific 2022 exercise enabled participants to build upon their adaptability, particularly during the unscripted portion, leaders overseeing the exercise told reporters Wednesday. Officials said they will assess the experiences and lessons gathered from the exercise to decide what to execute in RIMPAC 2024. Speaking in a media call, U.S. 3rd Fleet … → Read More

Chinese and Russian Ships Sailing Near, Japanese MoD Says

People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and Russian Navy warships have made independent transits around Japan over the past few days, the Japanese Ministry of Defense said this week. Japan spotted a Russian Navy corvette on Friday at 6 p.m. sailing east in an area 50 kilometers from Cape Soya, according to one of three new … → Read More

Chinese Ships Spotted Near Senkaku Islands, India Takes Carrier Delivery

Three Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) hydrographic survey ships transited the Japanese Straits this week while a PLAN corvette sailed south past the Senkaku Islands last week, according to Japan Ministry of Defense releases. On July 22, a PLAN corvette was sighted sailing about 50 miles west of Uotsuri Islands, part of the Senkaku Islands, … → Read More

Chinese Ships Spotted Near Senkaku Islands, India Takes Carrier Delivery

Three Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) hydrographic survey ships transited the Japanese Straits this week while a PLAN corvette sailed south past the Senkaku Islands last week, according to Japan Ministry of Defense releases. On July 22, a PLAN corvette was sighted sailing about 50 miles west of Uotsuri Islands, part of the Senkaku Islands, … → Read More

Chinese UAV Lingered Off Taiwan's Coast Ahead of Island's Annual Exercise

A Chinese unmanned air vehicle flew through the Miyako Strait of Japan before lingering off Taiwan’s west coast on Monday. The UAV approached the island as Taiwan began its annual Han Kuang military exercise, the nation’s largest military exercise that is geared towards countering an invasion of Taiwan. A Chinese TB-001 UAV flew in from … → Read More

Chinese UAV Lingered Off Taiwan's Coast Ahead of Island's Annual Exercise

A Chinese unmanned air vehicle flew through the Miyako Strait of Japan before lingering off Taiwan’s west coast on Monday. The UAV approached the island as Taiwan began its annual Han Kuang military exercise, the nation’s largest military exercise that is geared towards countering an invasion of Taiwan. A Chinese TB-001 UAV flew in from … → Read More

Russian Ships Spotted Transiting Tsushima Strait, Continue to Circle Japan

Three Russian ships that sailed through the Senkaku islands Monday were sighted transiting the Tsushima Strait into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday night, with two of the ships completing a voyage around Japan that began June 15. Meanwhile, a Russian intelligence ship was sighted operating in the contiguous zone of Okinotori Island in the … → Read More

Chinese Navy, Air Force Active Near Senkaku Islands, Says Japanese MoD

Chinese operations near the Senkaku Islands are becoming more frequent as overall Chinese and Russian forces have been more active in the Western Pacific, Japanese officials said on Tuesday. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said Japanese forces will deal with any attempts by China to change the status quo of the Senkaku islands resolutely and calmly. … → Read More

People's Liberation Army Navy Ships Complete Circle Around Japan

A People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) surface group entered the East China Sea on Wednesday, according to a Thursday Japan Defense Ministry release. The surface group completed a near circuit of Japan since they were sighted in the Tsushima Strait on June 12. On Wednesday at 11 p.m., three PLAN ships were sighted sailing northwest … → Read More