The Tools of Owatatsumi: Japan’s Ocean Surveillance and Coastal Defence Capabilities

Australian National University Press – A must read new book by Professor Desmond Ball which is freely available.

He writes that Japan is quintessentially by geography a maritime country. Maritime surveillance capabilities – underwater, shore-based and airborne – are critical to its national defence posture. This book describes and assesses these capabilities, with particular respect to the underwater segment, about which there is little strategic analysis in publicly available literature.

US, Indonesian Navies Conduct Air Patrol Exercise in South China Sea

The Diplomat – The patrol involved 88 personnel overall. The United States committed a P-3C Orion fleet comprising four ships and 21 personnel. In terms of Indonesian hardware, the Indonesian navy committed CN-235 and NC-212 short take-off and landing (STOL) maritime patrol aircraft in addition to a BO-105 helicopter.

Watch VP-5 “Mad Foxes” Put Their New P-8A Poseidons To Work

Foxtrot Alpha – The Navy is settling into its new maritime patrol aircraft and increased deployments abroad are part of getting the P-8A Poseidon up to snuff. Last July, VP-5 ‘Mad Foxes’ took on their seven-month mission to Japan with gusto, with the P-8’s fresh capabilities continuing to be a big hit in the region. Here’s a video montage of the Mad Foxes’ historic deployment.

Russian Navy Carries Out Mock Attack on Nuclear Submarine

Newsweek – Russian naval units launched an air-and-sea practice offensive on a nuclear submarine today in the Barents Sea, which Russia shares with Norway. The drill is part of Russia’s massive snap military drills which are due to continue until 21 March. The ‘strike and search group’, as the Russian Ministry of Defence referred to it, from the navy’s Northern Fleet comprised of Tu-142 ‘Bear’ naval aviation reconnaissance bombers and Il-38 ‘Dolphin’ maritime patrol jets as well as two small anti-submarine ships and support vessels.