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…
Mechanics with a Bell 412 helicopter at Hiroshima Air Station
Students receive instruction at the JCG’s academy in Kure
Students after training
The academy pool
JCG diving instructor
Fellow JCG diving instructor
Students at the canteen
Executive officer Toshikazu Kishita
Chief helicopter pilot Haruo Ozaki
The crew of Kurose, a patrol vessel
Academy students taking part in cutter training
Daily morning exercise takes place at 06.30
JCG patrol vessel Yashima
Making a salute after morning exercise
A JMSDF escort ship taking part in a JCG Viewing of the Fleet
jcg patrol vessels
JCG officers on board Yashima
Hoist-rescue demonstration by a JCG helicopter
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