Warships of the People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) and the Russian Navy have been traversing Japan independently in recent days, Japan’s Defense Ministry said this week.
Japan spotted a Russian Navy corvette sailing in an area 50 kilometers east of Cape Soya at 6 p.m. Friday, according to one of three new publications issued by the Defense Ministry’s Joint Staff Office (JSO) on Monday.
The image and pennant number in the press release identified the corvette as an RFS MPK-107 (332). The corvette then traversed the Strait of La Pérouse separating Hokkaido from the Russian island of Sakhalin and sailed into the Sea of Okhotsk. The Japanese Ministry of Defense said the destroyer JS of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Shiranui (DD-120) monitored the Russian corvette.
According to the second JSO press release, a PLAN Luyang III-class destroyer was sighted crossing the Miyako Strait between Okinawa and Miyako Island at 9 a.m. Saturday before sailing into the Pacific Ocean. The image provided and the pennant number identify the destroyer as CNS Nanjing (155).
A PLAN Jiangkai II-class frigate was spotted sailing south at 6 a.m. Sunday in waters about 80 kilometers west of Uotsuri Island, which is among the disputed Senkaku Islands held by Japan and claimed by China and Taiwan . The image and pennant number provided by the Department of Defense identify the ship as CNS anyang (599). The PLAN frigate sailed south through the waters between Yonaguni Island, which is part of the Yaeyama Islands group, and Taiwan, and then into the Pacific Ocean.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense also said that both PLAN ships were being monitored by the destroyers JS Yamagiri (DD-152) and JS Sawagiri (DD-157) and supply ship JS Tokiwa (AOE-423).
Meanwhile, a PLAN Shupang-class hydrographic survey vessel, pennant number 25, was sighted sailing northwest in the waters 80 kilometers south-southwest of Yonaguni Island, according to the third press release at 11:00 am Monday. The survey ship then sailed north through the waters between Yonaguni Island and Taiwan and into the East China Sea.
Japan had previously sighted Shupang 25 with Shupang 23 in the waters northwest of Yokodate Island on July 27, according to the Defense Ministry press release. Both ships sailed through the Osumi Strait the next day last week. Tokiwa monitored the Monday transit of the survey ship.
A PLAN Shupang-class hydrographic survey vessel with pennant number 22 sailed east through the La Pérouse Strait into the Sea of Okhotsk at 6 p.m. Monday, according to a JSO release Tuesday. The JSO also noted that Shupang 22 was spotted crossing Tsushima Strait on Friday. A JMSDF P-3C Orion from Fleet Air Wing 2, operating out of JMSDF Hachinohe Air Base in Honshu, monitored Monday’s movements of the survey ship.
Although the passages of the Russian and Chinese ships are in accordance with international law, Japan is concerned about the activities of the two countries’ ships near it. Japan’s latest 2022 Defense White Paper, released on July 22, details the threats Japan poses from Russia, China and North Korea. Japanese Defense Minister Nobou Kishi has said on several occasions that Japan will continuously monitor the military activities of the three countries in its vicinity.
The moves came amid reports from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who was visiting Taiwan this week. Pelosi landed in Taiwan Tuesday, making the spokesman the highest-ranking US official to visit the island in 25 years.
China has opposed the possible visit, with a Foreign Ministry spokesman saying on Monday that Beijing “is fully prepared for any eventuality and that the People’s Liberation Army of China will never stand by and we will respond decisively and take strong countermeasures while safeguarding sovereignty and territorial rights.” integrity of China.”
US amphibious warship USS Tripoli (LHA-7), with embarked Marine Corps F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters and the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) are operating near Taiwan this week amid the speaker’s potential visit, USNI News reported Monday.
In other developments, the JMSDF said on Sunday that the destroyer JS kiri seeds (DD-104), the second surface force of the JMSDF Indo-Pacific 2022 Deployment (IPD22), conducted replenishment training with the United States Navy dry cargo ship USNS on Saturday Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) around Micronesia. kiri seeds, Training sessions were held Friday through Sunday with the Operations Center of the Department of Border Control and Maritime Surveillance of the Federated States of Micronesia, according to a separate JMSDF press release Monday. kiri seeds will be making a port visit at Honiara port in Solomon Islands from 6th to 8th August,
IPD 22 is a more than four-month deployment across the Indo-Pacific region from June 13 to October 28 and consists of two surface forces supported on some deployments by a submarine and a P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). will .
The first surface force, consisting of the destroyer-helicopter JS Izumo (DDH-183) and destroyer JS Takanami (DD-110), are currently in Hawaii for Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2022.
30TH JULY, #IPD22 Second Surface Unit JS KIRISAME conducted a bilateral exercise with the @USNavy. JMSDF strengthens the Japan-US Alliance’s effective deterrence and response capability and contributes to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
— Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (@jmsdf_pao_eng) August 1, 2022