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The remit of the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) encompasses a wide variety of hazardous operations that far exceed assisting those in peril on or near the sea, the bread and butter of coast guard services elsewhere.

msa480501(2)A photo on display at the Japan Coast Guard Museum in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, shows the then Maritime Safety Agency’s first director, Takeo Ōkubo (1903–1996), hoisting the newly formed organization’s flag on May 1, 1948.

After providing a history of what is now essentially a paramilitary service, this section will delve into a variety of aspects of JCG operations, divided into fixed-wing and helicopter sections, while incorporating human interest angles.

jcgB350One of the 10 Beechcraft King Air 350s delivered to the JCG from 1999 to 2001, JA868A was assigned to Sapporo/Shin-Chitose Airport in Hokkaido at the time this photo was taken. 
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

JCG RyukyuA Bell 212 approaches the Ryūkyū, the Tsugaru-class patrol vessel that has been assigned to the 11th Region since she was commissioned in March 2000. (Photo: 11th Region, Japan Coast Guard)

PLH22 YashimaAt the time home-ported in Yokohama, the patrol vessel Yashima is seen here nearing Seattle, Washington, for the three-day Exercise Pacific Unity in August 2009. In partnership with
other Pacific nations’ maritime assets, the Japan Coast Guard is a very active participant
in drills designed to fine tune the coordination of search and rescue, law enforcement and
security operations. The
Yashima is currently assigned to the 7th Region at Fukuoka.
(Photo: U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Zac Crawford via Wikimedia Commons)

JCG SuperPumaThe JCG AS332L-1 Super Puma JA6686 hovers astern the then Patrol Vessel Large (PL) Erimo
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

PL51 HidaThe 2,000-ton patrol vessel Hida at slow ahead on the morning of the 51st Japan Coast Guard Review in
July 2006, three months after she was commissioned. Comprising three vessels, the 
Hida class is
named after a mountain range in the Japanese Alps. 
(Photo: Sizuru via Wikimedia Commons)

jcgs76This Sikorsky S-76C was named Raicho (Ptarmigan) when operated by the 9th Region from Niigata. When the aircraft was transferred to the 1st Region’s Hakodate airport base in March 2012, its name was changed to Kumataka (Hawk Eagle). (Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

jcgbell212The pilot inches a JCG Bell 212 towards the deck of one of the service’s patrol vessels. Delivered in January 1979, the aircraft shown was the second of the service’s 38 Bell 212s, all of which have
now been withdrawn from use. 
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard) 

jcgpumaOne of the three AS332L1s assigned to the 3rd Region photographed at JMSDF Tateyama,
Chiba Prefecture, in November 2002.

JCG EC225LPThe second of two Airbus Helicopter EC225LP Super Puma helicopters was delivered late in August 2014. Utilized for search and rescue, disaster relief and security operations, they are assigned to the JCG’s 6,500-ton Akitsushima, the world’s largest state-of-the-art patrol vessel that entered service at
its Yokohama home port in November 2013.
(Photo: Kaijohoan Shimbun)

jcgbell412Bell 412EP JA906A during its time based at Yonago Airport (JASDF Miho), where the aircraft was named Oshidori (Mandarin Duck). (Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

jcgbell212ja906aThe crew of JCG Bell 212 JA906A Inuwashi (Golden Eagle) heavily engaged in PR operations at the helicopter festival held at JMSDF Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, October 6, 2013. 

MH550 SetozuruSeen having its tow bar removed before a flight, the 6th Region’s Bell 212 was withdrawn from use after 34 years’ service at a ceremony on January 22, 2015. A replacement, younger Bell 412EP is now operated alongside two AW139s from Hiroshima Airport. (Photo: Japan Coast Guard) 

(All photographs on this website are copyright J-HangarSpace
unless otherwise stated.) 




2018 Airshow Dates
Feb. 18  Ashiya
Mar. 3  Komaki
Apr. 8  Kumagaya
May 20  Shizuhama
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May 27  Miho
June 3  Hofu-Kita
July 22  Chitose
Aug. 26  Matsushima
Sept. 9  Misawa
Sept. 17  Komatsu
Oct. 14  Ashiya
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 18  Gifu
Nov. 25  Hamamatsu
Nov. 25  Tsuiki
Dec. 2  Hyakuri
Dec. 2  Nyutabaru
Dec. 8-9  Naha

2017 Event Posters
Hofu-Kita / Miho
JASDF Hofu-Kita

Miho poster 2017

2019 Airshow Dates
Mar. 31  Komaki
Nov. 3  Iruma

2018 Airshow Dates
Jan. 12  Narashino
 (paratroop display)
Apr. 15  Kasuminome
May 26  Kasumigaura
May 27 Kita-
June 17  Asahikawa
Aug. 26  Fuji live fire
Sept. 9  Kisarazu
Sept. 29  Tachikawa
Oct. 6  Obihiro
Oct. 14  Yao
Nov. 4  Akeno
Nov. 25  Naha 

2017 Event Posters
Kisarazu / Metabaru
Kisarazu 170225

Metabaru 2017

2019 Airshow Dates
Jan. 13  Kisarazu
 (paratroop display) 

2018 Airshow Dates
Apr. 21  NAF Atsugi
Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
May 27  Omura
July 15  Komatsushima
July 21  Maizuru
July 28  Tateyama
 (cancelled [typhoon])
Sept. 16  Hachinohe
Sept. 29  Tokushima
Oct. 20  Shimofusa
Oct. 21  Ozuki

2017 Event Posters
Ozuki  (July children’s
event / Oct. Swell Festival)
Ozuki event July 2017

Ozuki Swell 2017

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