Duterte pays visit to MSDF destroyer in Subic Bay

Jun 5, 2017

Duterte pays visit to MSDF destroyer in Subic Bay

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte boarded the Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Izumo over the weekend while it was docked in Subic Bay for a goodwill visit. The action seems intended to signal that there is no change in his stance on emphasizing the Philippines’ relations ...

Outgoing U.S. defense chief tours Japan's largest naval vessel

Dec 6, 2016

Outgoing U.S. defense chief tours Japan's largest naval vessel

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday inspected Japan’s largest naval vessel since World War II, the Izumo helicopter carrier, at a Maritime Self-Defense Force base in Kanagawa Prefecture. Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told a news conference in Tokyo that she will meet ...

Oct 20, 2016

New, fuel-efficient MSDF destroyer Asahi launched in Nagasaki

The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s newest destroyer was christened the Asahi and launched Wednesday at a shipyard in Nagasaki. The new destroyer, which is to go into service in March 2018, is the first MSDF ship that uses a combined gas turbine engine and electric ...

Tokyo ramps up security ahead of Mie G-7 summit

May 25, 2016

Tokyo ramps up security ahead of Mie G-7 summit

As Japanese authorities prepare for the two-day summit of Group of Seven leaders in central Japan from Thursday, travelers and commuters have begun to see a heightened vigilance level in the capital with more uniformed officers on the streets and other security measures implemented. ...

/ May 3, 2016

Japan to join U.S. and India naval drill in June: sources

The annual U.S. and Indian Malabar naval drill, which will feature Japan as a permanent member this year, takes place June 10-17 in waters south of Okinawa Prefecture, informed sources told Jiji Press. The three countries aim to strengthen maritime security cooperation to counter ...

May 2, 2016

Japan, Philippines strike deal on leasing MSDF aircraft

Japan has agreed to lease Maritime Self-Defense Force TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippines, the Defense Ministry said Monday, marking the first time for Japan to lend military aircraft to a foreign country. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirmed ...