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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.

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 Patrol Vessel Large (PL) Erimo
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

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)

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. 

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




2017 Airshow Dates
Mar. 5  Komaki
Apr. 2  Kumagaya

JASDF Hofu-Kita

May 21  Hofu-Kita
May 21  Shizuhama

Miho poster 2017

May 28  Miho
July 23  Chitose
Aug. 27  Matsushima
Sept. 10  Misawa
Sept. 18  Komatsu
Oct. 1  Akita

Oct. 15  Hamamatsu
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 19  Gifu
Nov. 25  Kasuga
Nov. 26  Tsuiki
Dec. 3  Nyutabaru
Dec. 9-10  Naha

2018 Airshow Dates
Feb. 18  Ashiya
Mar. 3  Komaki
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. *  Hyakuri

2017 Airshow Dates

Kisarazu 170225

Feb. 25  Kisarazu

Metabaru 2017

Apr. 1  Metabaru
(Cherry Blossom
    Festival on Apr. 2)

Somagahara 170408

Apr. 8  Somagahara
Apr. 9  Takayubaru

Apr. 16  Kasuminome
   (60th anniversary)

Utsunomiya 170416

Apr. 16  Utsunomiya
   (67th anniversary
   with parade/flypast)
May 21  Kasumigaura
   (64th anniversary)
May 28
   (44th anniversary)
June 25  Okadama
Sept. 2  Obihiro

Kisarazu poster 2017

Sept. 10  Kisarazu
Oct. 15  Yao
Nov. 4  Akeno
Nov. 19  Naha
Nov. 23  Tachikawa

2018 Airshow Dates
Jan. 12  Narashino
 (paratroop display) 

2017 Airshow Dates
Apr. 29  NAF Atsugi
Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
May 21  Omura
June 10  Ohminato
July 16 Komatsushima

Ozuki event July 2017

July 23  Ozuki
  (Children’s event)
July 29  Maizuru
July 29  Tateyama
Sept. 24  Hachinohe
Sept. 30  Tokushima
Oct. 7  Shimofusa

Ozuki Swell 2017

Oct. 22  Ozuki
  (“Swell Festival”)

(*) Date to be confirmed

(Please note that air show dates are subject to change/cancellation.)


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