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I like the Akizukis, that's why "retweeting"
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JS Suzutsuki has deployed to Southeast Asian waters for a Flight Executive Candidate Course cruise.

The Akizuki calss and its follow-on are GREAT vessels.

I put DDG-118 Fuyuzuki in my Japanese dual carrier strike group as one of the escorts. She was the 4th Akizuki class built, Shw was then followed by the two follow ons, DDG-119 Asahi and DDG-120 Shiranui.

 

Jeff Head

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Mar 17, 2018
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Japan commissions second Asahi-class destroyer JS Shiranui
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good luck to her, too
Like their sister ships, the Akizuki class, these are also great vesels. Japan continues t develop strong systems and vessels.

with the Muraaami, the Takinami, the Akizuki and the Asahi classes, they have a total of 20 very decent destroyers...then add the eight AEGIS DDGs to that. Good vessels and good personnel. Very squared away.
 
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Japanese jets intercept Chinese anti-submarine aircraft, says Tokyo
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Japanese fighter jets intercepted Chinese anti-submarine aircraft over the East China Sea last week, marking the first known occasion that this type of Chinese aircraft has been encountered.

In an announcement on March 23, the Joint Staff of Japan’s Defense Ministry announced that its fighter jets had scrambled to intercept a pair of Chinese “Y-9 patrol aircraft. A photo of the Chinese aircraft released by the ministry shows it was a Shaanxi KQ-200 anti-submarine/maritime patrol aircraft with its distinctive magnetic anomaly detector boom used for detecting submarines. The MAD boom is mounted in the aircraft’s rear fuselage and is plainly visible.

A map released by the ministry indicated that the Chinese aircraft flew about 200 miles west of the Japanese island of Okinawa and north of the disputed Senkaku Islands.

The serial number painted on the aircraft’s vertical tail indicates it belongs to the 1st Naval Air Division of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. The division, part of the PLAN’s East Sea Fleet, reportedly received its first KQ-200 in 2018, and the craft is said to be based out of Dachang airbase located in the metropolis of Shanghai.

A satellite photo from April 2018 shows two KQ-200s, with their distinctive MAD booms visible, parked at the base. The flight route of the intercepted aircraft provided by the Japanese Defense Ministry shows the aircraft coming from and returning in the general direction of Shanghai.

The KQ-200, which is also known as the Y-8Q, is one of several variants of special-mission aircraft used by China’s military. It is based on the Shaanxi Y-8 and Y-9 turboprop-powered airlifters. In addition to its MAD “stinger,” the KQ-200 is fitted with a chin-mounted surface search radar, an internal weapons bay in the forward fuselage and a comprehensive communications suite.

The first prototype KQ-200s were produced at a Shannxi factory in 2011. Following a development and testing program, the first production aircraft was sighted in PLAN markings and serial numbers as early as 2015, although it was only in May 2017 that the type was reported to be based on China’s southern Hainan island,
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The PLAN’s North Sea Fleet also recently received the KQ-200. A satellite photo of the air base at Tuchengzi in Liaoning province taken in early February 2019 shows six KQ-200s on the ground.

Japan routinely scrambles its fighter jets to intercept and escort foreign military aircraft operating in its air defense identification zone, even if such aircraft do not approach Japanese airspace. There has been a steady increase of the interception of Chinese military aircraft over the past few years.
 

TerraN_EmpirE

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ASDF jet disappears over the sea off Aomori

Japan's Air Self-Defense Force says an F35A fighter jet disappeared from radar over the sea off Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Japan Time.

ASDF officials said the aircraft took off from Misawa air base at around 7:00 p.m., and disappeared at a point about 135 kilometers east of Misawa City.

The officials said Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft and vessels have begun a search mission.

They said the missing F35A was supposed to carry out a training mission with three other jets of the same type.

The Coast Guard says it will dispatch two patrol ships to look for the jet.
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Brumby

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They said the missing F35A was supposed to carry out a training mission with three other jets of the same type.
When I first saw the initial story I thought it was rather strange that it was on a solo flight as the F-35 typically train in a four plane formation. The MADL network supposedly enables the flight formation to be totally aware of each plane's relative location in the formation and to operate as one unit. They would know the exact location when it went missing - if it did.
 
When I first saw the initial story I thought it was rather strange that it was on a solo flight as the F-35 typically train in a four plane formation. The MADL network supposedly enables the flight formation to be totally aware of each plane's relative location in the formation and to operate as one unit. They would know the exact location when it went missing - if it did.
now I recalled something I had wanted to ask you Brumby, but then forgot:

to Mar 31, 2019
let me repeat the question from Yesterday at 7:47 AMbecause most of the Jane's story
Japan stands-up first operational F-35A unit
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is behind paywall

OK the question is how many F-35As is there now in
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you reacted with Apr 1, 2019
By my count 12 units would have been delivered by end 2018 with another 6 this year.
did you answer what I specifically asked
"the question is how many F-35As is there now in
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or you referred to Japan in general?
 

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