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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) 

JCG 70th anniversary logo
2018 marks the Japan Coast Guard’s 70th anniversary, and a specially designed logo (above) is being used throughout the year. According the service’s website, the logo incorporates a ‘7’ that is linked around an image of the globe, centred on Japan, to signify protection and reflect the JCG’s place as a leader in maritime safety not only in Japan but throughout the world. Featuring an arrangement of Japanese plum blossoms that bloom even in harsh circumstances and are of use to people, the ‘0’ reflects the spirit of justice and benevolence with which the service will push ahead for the next 70 years.

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)

JCG S-76C+ (2)The S-76C+ delivered to the JCG in October 1998 on a visit to JMSDF Ohminato in October 2013.
The aircraft bears the name
Kumataka (Hodgson’s hawk eagle), revealing it to be assigned to the 
1st Region’s base at Kushiro, Hokkaido.
(Photo: Amayagan via Wikimedia Commons)

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, Bell 505

Japan Coast Guard Sendai AW139One of the two AW139s based with the 2nd Region at Sendai airport, Miyagi Prefecture.
(Photo: 2nd Region, Japan Coast Guard)
 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 centered the type’s operations at Sendai, but the arrival of four Bell 505s early in 2018 means
that their days are numbered. 
(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. Visible to the left of the front fuselage door and shown below, the harp seal cartoon character Umimaru has often been carried on aircraft since its adoption for the JCG’s 50th anniversary in 1998.


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)




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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