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jcgGVOne of the pair of Grumman Aerospace G-V Sea Watch aircraft operated by the Japan Coast Guard from Tokyo International Airport in flight close to a well-known local landmark.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard) 

ShikishimaCommissioned in April 1992 and currently based in Yokohama, the 6,500-ton patrol vessel Shikishima can accommodate two AS332L-1 helicopters. A sister vessel, the Akitsushima, joined the fleet as recently as November 2013. Shikishima shares her name with an Imperial Japanese Navy battleship that saw combat in the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905). (Photo: 3rd Region, Japan Coast Guard)

Divided into 10 operational regions, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) comes under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in Kasumigaseki, Tokyo.

1st Region (HQ: Otaru, Hokkaido)
Regional HQ home ports Hakodate and Kushiro, Hokkaido

Based vessels/
Helicopter complements

Souya (PLH01, Kushiro)  
Tsugaru (PLH02, Hakodate) S-76D × 1
Air operations bases Hakodate Airport, Hokkaido S-76C/S-76D
Kushiro Airport, Hokkaido S-76C+
Sapporo/Shin-Chitose Airport, Hokkaido Beech 350 × 2, Dash 8-Q300 × 2

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)

2nd Region (HQ and home port: Shiogama, Miyagi)

Based vessel/
Helicopter complement

Zaou (PLH05) S-76D × 1
Air operations base Sendai Airport, Miyagi

Beech 350, Dash 8-Q300,
AW139 × 2, Bell 206B × 3

 jcgb206The JCG bestows its aircraft with individual names and for PR purposes occasionally asks the public for suggestions. Having received the Bell 206B JetRanger named Abi (Red-throated Loon) in June 1991, the service has centered the operations of this type at Sendai Airport, Miyagi Prefecture.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

3rd Region (HQ and home port: Yokohama, Kanagawa)

Based vessels/
Helicopter complements

Shikishima (PLH31) AS332L1 × 2
Akitsushima (PLH32) EC225LP × 2
Izu (PL31)

(Deck space only) 

Air operations base Tokyo International (Haneda)

Dash 8-Q300 × 2, G-V × 2,
AS332L1, Bell 412EP

 jcgdash8Visiting JGSDF Kisarazu in October 2012 was this Haneda-based Bombardier Dash 8-Q300. Mizunagi (Shearwater) was the sixth of the nine aircraft of this type currently in JCG service.

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

4th Region (HQ and home port: Nagoya, Aichi)

Based vessel/
Helicopter complement

Mizuho (PLH21) Bell 412, Bell 412EP
Air operations base

Chubu International Airport

AW139 × 2

 AW139 JA960ADelivered in 2008 and the first of 18 AgustaWestland AW139 to have entered Japan Coast Guard service, JA960A Kamitaka is currently operated by the 4th Region from Chubu Airport. The flag in the cabin door window indicates that the regional commander is on board. 

5th Region (HQ and home port: Kobe, Hyogo)

Based vessel/
Helicopter complement

Settsu (PLH07) S-76D × 1
Air operations base

Kansai International, Osaka

Saab 340B+SAR × 2,
EC225LP × 2

 jcgsaab340One of the two specially modified, second-hand Saab 340B turboprops that were added to the JCG fleet in February 2007, joining two acquired new in 1997.  Both named Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon), the later arrivals fulfill the search and rescue role from Kansai International Airport.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

6th Region (HQ: Hiroshima, Hiroshima)

Regional HQ home port

Air operations base

Hiroshima Airport

AW139  × 2, Bell 412EP

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) 

7th Region (HQ: Moji, Fukuoka)

Regional HQ home port

Fukuoka, Fukuoka

Based vessel/
Helicopter complement


Chikuzen (PLH06)  
Yashima (PLH22)  
Air operations base

Fukuoka Airport

Beech 350 × 2, AW139 × 2

PLH06 ChikuzenCommissioned in September 1983 as the fifth of the nine Tsugaru-class patrol vessels, the Chikuzen rests at her home port of Hakata (Fukuoka) in February 2011.
(Photo: tsuna72 via Wikimedia Commons)

8th Region (HQ: Maizuru, Kyoto)

Regional HQ home port

Sakai, Osaka

Based vessel/
Helicopter complement

Daisen (PLH10) S-76D × 1
Air operations base

JASDF Miho (Yonago Airport), Tottori

Dash 8-Q300 × 2, AW139 × 2

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

9th Region (HQ and home port: Niigata, Niigata)

Based vessels/
Helicopter complements

Hida (PL51)  
Echigo (PLH08)  
Air operations base Niigata Airport

Beech 350 × 2, AW139 × 2

 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)  

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) 

10th Region (HQ and home port: Kagoshima, Kagoshima)

Based vessel/
Helicopter complements

Akaishi (PL52)  
Oosumi (PLH03) S-76D × 1
Hayato (PLH04)  
Air operations base

Kagoshima Airport

Saab 340B × 2, AW139 × 2

JCG Saab 340(Photo: Japan Coast Guard) 

Cruising above the clouds during its time with the 3rd Region, the Saab 340B-SAR shown above—currently operated by the 10th Region from Kagoshima—provides a good example for an explanation of the markings. The JCG website explains that the logo of a tipped over “S”, which appears on the side of all the organization’s ships and aircraft, denotes “speed, smart and service” in its safety, search and rescue, and survey missions. Italics were chosen for the fuselage titling to express “stability, dynamism and smartness” as well as to convey the JCG’s “dashing and active role in the international community”. The stylized compass rose that appears on the JCG’s flag is also worn on the tails of its aircraft to symbolize the service’s efforts toward maritime safety. The harp seal cartoon character that has often been carried on aircraft since its adoption for the JCG’s 50th anniversary in 1998, Umimaru (shown below) appears to the left of the front fuselage door.


11th Region (HQ and home port: Naha, Okinawa)

Based vessel/
Helicopter complement

Ryukyu (PLH09) S-76D × 1
Air operations bases

Naha Airport

Dash 8-Q300 × 2, Falcon 900 × 2,
AW139 × 2

Ishigaki Airport, Okinawa Beech 350 × 2, AW139 × 2

JCG RyukyuA Bell 212 approaches the Ryukyu, 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)

Other principal shore-based facilities
Japan Coast Guard Academy Kure, Hiroshima
Japan Coast Guard School Maizuru, Kyoto (1)

(1) Branch schools at Moji, Fukuoka Prefecture and Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture

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)

Other helicopter-capable large patrol vessels (deck space only)
Erimo (ex-Ojika) Class (PL02-PL08) 1,000-ton class vessels
Kunigami Class (PL09-PL10)
Hateruma Class (PL61-PL69)
Oki (PL01) Carries helicopter refuelling equipment
Kojima (PL21) Training vessels
Miura (PL22)

PL09 Kunigami PL10 MotobuCompleted in April 2012, the 1,000-ton Kunigami (PL09) and Motobu (PL10) are two of an increasing number of JCG vessels that possess a helicopter deck but lack hangar facilities.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)




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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