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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.) 




2018 Airshow Dates
Feb. 18  Ashiya
Mar. 3  Komaki
Apr. 8  Kumagaya
May 20  Shizuhama
miho 2018 poster
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. *  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  Narashino
 (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
Sept. 16  Hachinohe
Sept. 29  Tokushima
Sept. *  Shimofusa
Oct. 21  Ozuki

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

Ozuki Swell 2017

(*) Date to be confirmed

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


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