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Defence

Expo 56: High-water mark— Japan

Preface

Japan’s territorial waters are vast and volatile, home to some of the most disputed islands in east asia. the Japan coast guard is tasked with policing the area. Monocle climbed aboard to see how they do it.

Battle of Amami-Oshima, JCG, Japan, conflict, military, war

The Battle of Amami-Oshima – also known, less catchily, as the “Spy Ship Incident in the Sea Southwest of Kyushu” – is not one of Asia’s better-known confrontations, but it’s certainly one of the more bizarre. In the early hours of 22 December 2001, a group of Japan Coast Guard (jcg) boats found themselves embroiled in a high-speed chase and six-hour shootout with a North Korean vessel close to the Japanese island of Amami-Oshima. A thousand rounds of ammunition were used during the gunfight, and at one point the North Koreans started firing…

Personnel
12,671 members

Ships
121 3 patrol vessels
236 3 patrol craft
63 3 Special guard and rescue craft
13 3 Hydrographic survey vessels
12 3 Lighthouse tenders
3 3 Training boats

Air planes: 27
2 3 Gulf V
2 3 Falcon 900
8 3 Bombardier 300
4 3 Saab 340
9 3 Beech 350
1 3 Beech 200
1 3 Cessna 206

Helicopters: 46
2 3 Super Puma 225
3 3 Super Puma 332
11 3 Agusta 139
3 3 Sikorsky 76
5 3 Bell 412
19 3 Bell 212
3 3 Bell 206

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