Japan Coast Guard Operations
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.
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.
At 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)
The 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)
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