Japanese escort fleet departs for the Indo-Pacific region


The Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) escort fleet of destroyers “Izumo” and “Takanami” has set out for a four-month naval exercise in the Indo-Pacific.

The four escort fleets departed Yokosuka Port Base on June 13 for the Indo-Pacific Deployment (IPD), which will take place from June 13 to October 28.

IPD also includes Japanese destroyer JS Kirisame, submarines, P-1 maritime patrol aircraft, UP-3D electronic intelligence training aircraft, and US-2 amphibious aircraft.

Hideki Yuasa, Lieutenant General of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, said his mission was to promote maritime order in the Indo-Pacific region. [become] It’s more complicated and unstable. “

Yuasa said the IPD would show Japan’s strong opposition to “one-sided attempts to force a change of status” and “a strong determination to secure maritime traffic” in the region. statement..

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi quoted Japan’s position as a front-line enemy of “actors who ignore the rules” and vowed to strengthen the country’s deterrence and strengthen its alliance with the United States.

“Currently, Japan is not only surrounded by actors who possess or develop nuclear weapons and ignore the rules, but year after year they are becoming more open by ignoring nuclear weapons,” he said in Shangri-La. Stated. Dialogue in Singapore.

Mr Kishi said Russia is stepping up its military activities in the Far East Pacific, but China continues to unilaterally try to change the status quo in the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

The IPD unit will call at Australia, Fiji, France’s New Caledonia, India, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tonga, the United States, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

The Izumo-type escort ship, which was recently converted into a light aircraft carrier, is Japan’s largest warship with a length of 248 meters and a beam length of 38 meters. The ship can carry up to 28 aircraft and can accommodate 970 seafarers.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the IPD unit will participate in six exercises, including the US-led Exercise RIMPAC 2022 (RIMPAC), which will be held from June 29 to August 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. .. Southern California.

The IPD unit will also participate in Pacific Partnership 2022, Pacific Vanguard 2022, and the Japan-India Joint Training Exercise. Other training includes the Kakadu movement in Australia and the Sama-sama movement in the United States and the Philippines.

Aldograph Redley


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.