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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

Japan’s Defense Ministry: JS Izumo Drone Video Posted Online Is Highly Likely Authentic

Japan’s Defense Ministry: JS Izumo Drone Video Posted Online Is Highly Likely Authentic

By Takahashi Kosuke
The ministry says “it is taking this extremely seriously as it could pose a serious hindrance to national defense,” and is urgently taking countermeasures.

Indo-Pacific Deployment 2024 Highlights Japan’s Naval Diplomacy

Indo-Pacific Deployment 2024 Highlights Japan’s Naval Diplomacy

By Andrew Orchard
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s naval diplomacy mission has expanded to meet foreign policy needs.
1 Dead, 7 Missing After 2 JMSDF Helicopters Crash in the Pacific Ocean

1 Dead, 7 Missing After 2 JMSDF Helicopters Crash in the Pacific Ocean

By Takahashi Kosuke
Japan’s minister of defense said the cause was still being investigated, but called a mid-air collision a “high possibility.”

Australia Lists Japan’s Mogami Class as 1 of 4 Contenders for Its Next Frigate

Australia Lists Japan’s Mogami Class as 1 of 4 Contenders for Its Next Frigate

By Takahashi Kosuke
The JMSDF chief praised the move as “a sign of the high trust and evaluation” of Japanese defense equipment.

Japan’s Growing Drone Budget

Japan’s Growing Drone Budget

By Dan Gettinger
Tokyo’s spending on uncrewed systems and capabilities appears to have risen considerably.

Japan Commissions Second Taigei-Class Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine

Japan Commissions Second Taigei-Class Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine

By Takahashi Kosuke
The JS Hakugei, like others of its class, is equipped with lithium-ion batteries.

3 Takeaways From International Fleet Review 2022 in Japan

3 Takeaways From International Fleet Review 2022 in Japan

By Takahashi Kosuke
From strong representation among Asian navies to a “coincidence” involving a U.S. aircraft carrier.
Will South Korea Join Japan’s International Fleet Review?

Will South Korea Join Japan’s International Fleet Review?

By Kosuke Takahashi
Japan’s upcoming naval fleet review will be a litmus test for South Korea’s Yoon administration to improve bilateral ties.

Japan Launches Third Taigei-Class Submarine for JMSDF

Japan Launches Third Taigei-Class Submarine for JMSDF

By Kosuke Takahashi
The newly launched Jingei SSK is expected to enter service in March 2024.

US Air Force Will Deploy MQ-9 Reapers to Japan for the First Time

US Air Force Will Deploy MQ-9 Reapers to Japan for the First Time

By Kosuke Takahashi
Starting in late October, the USAF will station the UAVs on Kyushu, a move designed to strengthen Japan’s maritime surveillance.

Japan Awards Contract to Shipbuilder JMU for 12 New Offshore Patrol Vessels

Japan Awards Contract to Shipbuilder JMU for 12 New Offshore Patrol Vessels

By Kosuke Takahashi
The new ships are supposed to be both more capable and more automated than current vessels.
Japan’s MHI Launches 5th Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate for JMSDF

Japan’s MHI Launches 5th Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate for JMSDF

By Kosuke Takahashi
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is pursuing more compact ships to counter China and Russia in the East China Sea and broader Indo-Pacific.

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