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jcgys-11The Japan Coast Guard’s first NAMC YS-11A JA8701 made its maiden flight on January 27, 1969.
Almost exactly 42 years later, on January 19, 2011,
Blue Eleven was operated on the last flight of
a Japanese-registered YS-11, to Miho AB in Tottori Prefecture. The following day, she was
transferred to JASDF ownership for spares.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

This section provides ongoing information on the aircraft operated over the years by the Maritime Safety Agency (MSA), which changed its English name to Japan Coast Guard (JCG) on April 1, 2000.

Divided into fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft, the types covered are as follows:

Beech 18 Bombardier
Dash 8-Q300
Turbo Skyhawk JT-A
King Air 200
Cessna 185 Dassault
Falcon 900/2000
SAAB 340
King Air 350
U206G Stationair
G-V Sea Watch
Short SC-7 Skyvan 


AgustaWestland AW139 Bell 47D-1 Bell  505 Jetranger X Sikorsky S-55
Airbus Helicopters
AS332L-1 Super Puma
Bell 206B
Sikorsky S-58
Sikorsky S-62
Airbus Helicopters
Bell 212
Bell 412/412EP
Sikorsky S-76

Appearing at the foot of this page is another table, giving the in-service years and numbers received of JCG aircraft types in chronological order.

LAJ501 Gulfstream JCGIts flaps extended, one of the two Haneda-based Gulfstream Vs sedately takes part in the flypast
held during the 70th anniversary review of the fleet over Tokyo Bay in May 2018.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Fixed-Wing Types

Beech 18 variants
Registration c/n Dates Reg’d to MSA/
Withdrawn from Use
JA5150 BA-732 Oct. 21, 1974
Apr. 11, 1981
 (H18) Originally (Oct. 65) registered to Transport
 Ministry (Civil Aviation College) at Miyazaki
 airport, solely to Civil Aviation College at Sendai
 from Nov. 1972
 Based at Niigata during time with MSA
 Acquired by Kyoritsu Air Survey Co., Ltd.
 Used from June 1984 to 2012 as instructional
 airframe by Kumamoto Insitute of Technology
 (now Sojo University) (link)
 Reg’n cancelled Apr. 2012
 In Mar. 2015, assembled for display at Kokubu
 Shiroyama Park, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
JA5172 BA-763 Oct. 21, 1974
Jan. 13, 1981
 (H18) ex N2080A, originally (Jan. 1970) reg’d to
 Itoh Aviation at Chofu airport

 Reg’d to Transport Ministry (Civil Aviation College)
 at Sendai, Mar. 1970
 Reg’d solely to Civil Aviation College, Nov. 1972
 In MSA service based at Ishigaki (from Oct. 1974),
(from Jan. 1975) and back to Sendai
 (from Dec. 1979)

 Sold to Sendai-based Japanese owner June 8, 1981,
 to USA May 1985, reg’n cancelled May 30, 1985

JA5173 BA-764 Oct. 11, 1974
Aug. 30, 1980
 (H18) ex N2088A, originally (Jan. 1970) reg’d to
 Itoh Aviation, Chofu airport

 Reg’d to Transport Ministry (Civil Aviation College)
 at Sendai, Mar. 1970

 Reg’d solely to Civil Aviation College, Nov. 1972

 In MSA service based at Fukuoka (1974), Naha (from
 June 1977) and Hiroshima (from Mar. 1980)

 Reg’d to Pacifica International Trading Dec. 15, 1981,
 sold to Palau → N26493.
 Japanese reg’n cancelled Dec. 25, 1981

JA5501 BA-125

Both reg’d
Jan. 30, 1956

JA5501 wfu

Feb. 27, 1979

JA5502 wfu
Dec. 27, 1979


 (E18S) Based at Haneda, Kagoshima from Apr. 1975,
 Fukuoka from June 1977

 Disposed of Mar. 24, 1981, placed on display at
 Hata Bulldozer Construction, M
 Fukuoka Prefecture.
Reg’n cancelled Mar. 27, 1981
JA5502 BA-126  (E18S) Based at Tateyama, Hiroshima airport (today’s
airfield) from Apr. 1971, Haneda from
 Sept. 1972, Sendai from
June 1977.
 Sold to U.S. owner as N8475D
 Japanese reg’n cancelled July 21, 1980
JA5503 BA-551 Nov. 10, 1960
Jan. 30, 1980
 (G18S) ex N353Z, based at Kagoshima airport
 Reg’n cancelled Apr. 18, 1981, displayed on roof of
 Azuma Hospital, Kumamoto, by hospital’s owner,
 Kenichi Azuma
JA5505 BA- 617 Sept. 5, 1962
Mar. 14, 1980
 (G18S) Acquired Sept. 1962, based at Kagoshima
 Dismantled Mar. 1980, reg’n cancelled Apr. 18, 1981

 Also obtained by Kenichi Azuma (see JA5503),
 placed on display at Kumamoto City Museum
 (See photos below)
JA5506 BA-712 Oct. 23, 1964
Feb. 22, 1980
 (H18) Based at Sendai, Haneda from Apr. 1971,
 Hiroshima from Sept. 1972, reg’n cancelled
 July 21, 1980
 Sold to U.S. owner as N8475E
JA5507 BA-731 Sept. 1, 1965
Sept. 13, 1980
 (H18) Based at Sendai
 Aircraft disposed of June 30, 1981,
 reg’n cancelled July 1, 1981
JA5508 BA-751 Jan. 31, 1968
Sept. 13, 1980
 (H18) ex N7025N, originally (Nov. 1967) reg’d to
 Itoh Aviation,
Chofu airport. Based at Chitose airport
 Reg’n cancelled July 9, 1981, placed on display at
 Aviation & Science Museum, Takikawa, Hokkaido
JA5509 BA-762 Dec. 19, 1969
Dec. 12, 1980
 (H18) ex N2079A, originally (Oct. 1969) reg’d to
 Itoh Aviation,
Chofu airport. Based at Chitose airport
 Reg’n cancelled Feb. 19, 1981, placed on display at
 a flower shop and then Hakucho No. 2 kindergarten,
 both in Tomakomai, Hokkaido Prefecture

JCG Beech JA5503Beech G18S comes into land at Kagoshima Airport in March 1978. (Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Beech G18S JA5505, Then & Now

JA5505Its pristine natural metal finish gleaming, the then newly arrived Beech G18S JA5505 undergoes
pre-service maintenance checks in a hangar at Chofu airport, Tokyo, on Oct. 1, 1962.
(Photo & copy: Kenji Murakoshi)

JA5505 2012 Fast forward 50 years to Dec. 2012, and JA5505 sports the colour scheme from its MSA days at
the Kumamoto City Museum, where the aircraft remains to this day.
(Photo: Chikara Matsuno)

Beechcraft King Air 200/B200T
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA8810 BT-5    ex N2071C, reg’d Nov. 1, 1979, wfu
JA8811 BT-6    ex N2071D, reg’d Nov. 13, 1979, wfu
JA8812 BT-7    ex N2071X, reg’d Nov. 30, 1979, wfu
JA8813 BT-8    ex N2071Y, reg’d Dec. 27, 1979, wfu
JA8814 BT-9    ex N2071Z, reg’d Jan. 30, 1980, wfu
JA8815 BT-11    ex N60576, reg’d June 11, 1980, wfu
JA8816 BT-12    ex N60581, reg’d June 11, 1980, wfu
JA8817 BT-13 Sashiba 1 → Naniwa 1  (B200T, ex N60587)
 reg’d June 11, 1980, del. Sept. 13, 1980
 wfu N45E June 2005
JA8818 BT-14 Toki 1  ex N6059C, reg’d Aug. 1, 1980
 wfu N44U Mar. 2005
JA8819 BT-15 Pirika  ex N6059D, reg’d Oct. 6, 1980,
 del. Dec. 12, 1980,
wfu  → N41R Aug. 2005
JA8820 BT-16 Umineko  ex N60603, reg’d Nov. 18, 1980
 del. Jan. 23, 1981,
 → N130RL Mar. 2005
JA8824 BT-17 Omoto  ex N3718Q, reg’d Sept. 2, 1981, del. Oct. 29, 1981
 wfu Diamond Air Service K.K. May 2007
JA8825 BT-19    ex N3718N, reg’d Oct. 20, 1981, wfu 
JA8829 BT-22 Sashiba 2  ex N1841K, reg’d June 18, 1982, del. July 23, 1982
 wfu N140RL June 2007
JA8833 BT-28 Sakurajima  ex N1846M, del. Jan. 20, 1984, wfu
 → N170RL June 2009
JA8854 BT-31

Naniwa 2?


 (B200T, ex N72392) Del. Oct. 2, 1987
 Damaged in Mar. 2011 tsunami
 Reg’n canx’d June 2, 2011 N52L Aug. 2011
JA8860 BT-32



 (B200T, ex N1384A) Del. Oct. 14, 1988.
 Decomm’d in fiscal 2010,
 recomm’d June 15, 2011 U.S. summer 2014
Last updated: Apr. 29, 2016

jcgb200The last of nine King Air 200s delivered to the JCG in the 1980s, JA8860 was recommissioned
2011–2014 to replace an aircraft damaged by the tsunami. Only one
(JA8824) remains in
Japan, the rest having all been sold to U.S. operators.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Beechcraft King Air 350
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA861A FL-180



 ex N18237, del. Mar. 24, 1999
 (Commissioned on same day)
JA862A FL-188



 ex N18297, del. Mar. 24, 1999
JA863A FL-191

Mihotaka 1


 ex N11191, del. Mar. 24, 1999
JA864A FL-193

Mihotaka 2


 ex N11250, del. Apr. 21, 1999
JA865A FL-195



 ex N11278, del. Apr. 20, 1999
JA866A BT-218



 ex N2352N, del. Feb. 18, 2000
JA867A BT-222

Toki 2


 ex N23272, del. Feb. 18, 2000
JA868A BT-292



 ex N3192N, del. Aug. 31, 2001
JA869A BT-295 Hakutaka
 ex N3195T. del. Aug. 31, 2001
 Damaged by Mar. 2011
 decomm’d May 15, 2011, reg’n
 canx’d June 15, 2011
JA870A BT-297



 ex N3197N, del. Aug. 31, 2001
JA871B FM-83


 ex N83FM, arrived Nov. 2020
Last updated: Mar. 25, 2021

JA868ABeechcraft King Air 350 JA868A was among the last batch of three delivered in August 2001. JCG
bases bestow their aircraft with individual names by type and for PR purposes occasionally ask
 the public for suggestions. Having started its career at Shin-Chitose Airport in Hokkaido,
this aircraft was Fukuoka-based and bore the name
Umikamome (Seagull)
when this photo was taken. (Photo: Japan Coast Guard

JCG MA866A fine action shot of one of the pair of Beech 350s operated by the 1st Region from Chitose in
May 2018. I
n this case the aircraft bears the name Etopirika (Tufted Puffin) on its nose.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

JCG Beech 300Beech King Air 350 JA862A during its time serving as Kanmuriwashi (Crested Serpent Eagle)
with the 11th Region from Naha.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Kounan Airport, Okayama Prefecture, November 23, 2020. Having arrived two weeks earlier via
Narita International Airport as N83FM, the JCG’s Beech 350 laser-mapping survey aircraft
emerges from a hangar wearing its Japanese registration. All that remains is to add its
Aobazuku (Brown Hawk Owl) name on both sides of its nose. (See Bulletin Board,
March 30, 2021). (Photo: YUKIHIDE via Twitter @RJBK_spotter)

Bombardier Dash 8-Q300 (DHC-8-315Q MPA)
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA720A 651 Shimataka 1  Del. Jan. 10, 2009, commissioned Feb. 10, 2009
JA721A 652 Shimataka 2  Del. Jan. 16, 2009
JA722A 656 Mizunagi  ex C-FOIY, del. Feb. 13, 2009
 Written off in collision with JAL A350 at Haneda,
 Jan. 2, 2024
JA723A 668 Oowashi  Del. Nov. 3, 2009
JA724A 669 Oowashi  Del. Jan. 12, 2010
JA725A 672 Mizunagi  ex C-FXAP (May 2009), del. Jan. 20, 2011
JA726A 564 Mihotaka  ex PH-DMP (Mar. 2001), EC-IDK, C-FYRO
 del. Dec. 23, 2010
JA727B 586 Ootaka  ex EC-IGS (2002), PH-DXA, EC-LFH (2010),
del. in Japan Feb. 10, 2014
JA728A 561 Mihotaka  ex PH-DMI (Feb. 2001), EC-IBT, C-FYRQ
 del. in Japan Feb. 16, 2011
Last updated: Jan. 27, 2024

JA724AShin-Chitose Airport-based Dash 8-Q300 JA724A Oowashi (Steller’s Sea Eagle) on patrol over
typical Hokkaido winter scenery. Converted for the search and rescue role by Field Aviation in
Toronto, the type was selected in December 2006; deliveries commenced in early 2009.

(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

JCG Dash 8 MizunagiOne of the then two Haneda-based Bombardier Q300s on climb out. Delivered in 2009, this the first
aircraft named Mizunagi (Shearwater) was out of action undergoing repairs for more than a
year after being caught in the March 2011 tsunami at Sendai airport. This was also the
aircraft involved in the tragic collision with a JAL A350 at Haneda on January 2, 2024. 
(Photo: 3rd Region/Japan Coast Guard)

Cessna 185
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA3302 0158 Sept. 18, 1961

 (ex N9958X, N11B) Built June 15, 1961.
 Acquired as quick replacement for Ministry of
 Education, Science and Culture DHC-2 Beaver
 floatplane JA3111 that sunk off
Kamaishi, Iwate
 Prefecture, on Feb. 16, 1961.

 Used on sixth Antarctic research expedition
 Nov. 1961, then for MSA pilot training.

 Sustained extensive damage when overturned on
 landing at Hiroshima airport, Apr. 28, 1964.

 Reg’n cancelled Oct. 12, 1964

JA3303 774 Oct. 28, 1964

 (Cessna 185C, ex N5974T, N11B)
 Based Hiroshima, retired Dec. 23, 1977
 Reg’n cancelled Dec. 26, 1977



Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A (Cessna 172S)
Registration c/n Notes
JA391A 172S11689   
JA392A 172S11732  
JA393A 172S11733  At Kounan Airport as white aircraft N542EJ Jan. 21, 2018
JA394A 172S11734  
JA395A 172S11735  Damaged in crash, Chitose Airport, Aug. 21, 2018
 Crashed Usa, Oita Prefecture, Apr. 18, 2023
 Order for five aircraft announced September 27, 2017 (See Bulletin Board report)
 Four seen at Kounan Airport, Okayama Prefecture in February 2018 (link1) (link2)
 First commissioned Mar. 1, 2018. All named Amatsubame (White-rumped Swift)
 Last updated: Apr. 18, 2023

Japan Coast Guard Cessna 172SThe last Cessna 172S delivered has been involved in two accidents, the latest on April 18, 2023.
The crew of two luckily escaped injury when the aircraft came to rest on its back in a field in
Usa, Oita Prefecture. after a forced landing.
(Photo: 1st Region/Japan Coast Guard)

Cessna U206G Stationair 6
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA3790 03958 Setotsubame  ex N756BK, reg’d Nov. 14, 1977, del. Dec. 23, 1977
 wfu Jan. 2015

JA3790Equipped with a ventral door to enable the dropping of rescue equipment, the JCG’s sole
U206G was used to monitor oil pollution on the Seto Inland Sea and for pilot training.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

As reported in the April 2015 issue of Aireview, the JCG Cessna U206G Stationair and a Bell 212 (JA9550, see below) were withdrawn from use at a ceremony held at Hiroshima Air Station on January 22, 2015.

In the case of the Cessna, in addition to the speeches, the presentation of a bouquet of flowers to the aircraft’s chief pilot and the anointing of the engine cowling with rice wine, the ceremony for the first time included a series of five final taxying runs along the Hiroshima runway. Station personnel and the local Coast Guard Friends’ Society had been asked to apply for the privilege of taking one of the 15 seats available.

JA3790 090218Setotsubame (Seto [Inland Sea] Swallow) arrives back at its Hiroshima Airport base in February
2009. The aircraft was taxied along the runway for the last time on January 22, 2015.
(Photo: Masato Motoya [Blue W!ngs])

In its 37 years of service the aircraft had been airborne for a total of 15,237 hours. Aside from its age, another deciding factor was the prohibitive cost of aviation fuel of the type needed for reciprocating engines, a fuel that is no longer manufactured in Japan.

The ceremony ended with each of the participants taking turns to paint out a Japanese character of the aircraft name on the sides of the aircraft.

(Additional information taken from the Kaiho Shimbun [Coast Guard Newspaper], the organ of the Japan Coast Guard Foundation.)

Dassault Falcon 900
Registration c/n Names Notes
JA8570 53 Ootaka 1
(from Sept. 1989)
Chiyurawashi 1
(from May 12, 2005)

 Del. to first owner as N438FJ May 1988.
 Initial del. to JCG June 16, 1989
 Reg’d Sept. 89 (to Sony Trading?)
in Japan Sept. 27, 1989

 Reg’n canx’d Feb. 6, 2020
 At Shin-Chitose Sept. 9 on ferry flight
 to California as N900KW

JA8571 56

Ootaka 2
(from Sept. 1989)

Chiyurawashi 2
(from May 12, 2005)

 Del. to first owner as N440FJ May 1988
 To Sony Aviation Inc. Apr. 1989

 Initial del. to JCG July 12, 1989
 Reg’d Sept. 89 (to Sony Trading?)

 Del. in Japan Sept. 27, 1989
 Reg’n canx’d Nov. 22, 2019, arrived
 Shin-Chitose Jan. 23, 2020 on ferry
 flight to United States as N880EC
Last updated: Feb. 28, 2020

050613(1)cCarrying a local girl and some other invited guests, one of the two JCG Falcon 900s takes off from
Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 13, 2005. A name unveiling ceremony was held that day, a
month and a day after the two aircraft had changed base from Haneda, where they had been
given the name
Ootaka (Goshawk). A commemorative gift was presented to the girl who
had won a competition to think of a name for the aircraft. Incorporating a word in
the Okinawan dialect, her winning entry was
Chiyurawashi (Beautiful Eagle).
(Photo: 11th Region, Japan Coast Guard)

JCG Falcon LAJ570Delivered to the JCG in Japan in September 1989, the two Falcon 900s were
replaced, after 30 years’ service, by Falcon 2000EX aircraft in 2019.

(Photo [May 2018]: 11th Region, Japan Coast Guard}

JA8570 contri
A comparison of the colour schemes sported by one of the two Falcon 900s operated by the
MSA/JCG since 1988.
During their time based at Haneda, the aircraft sported the words
Maritime Safety Agency in bus company style along the lower fuselage
(Photo: contri via Wikimedia Commons) 

The arrival of the G-V SeaWatch aircraft prompted a move to Naha, the 2000 name change
to Japan Coast Guard the more up-to-date design that featured the lettering in airline
style above the fuselage windows
(below). (Photo [Naha, Nov. 2014]: Tom Meikle)

JCG Falcon (Tom Meikle)

Dassault Falcon 2000EX
Registration c/n Notes
JA572A 332  Named Chiyurataka (Photo from Mar. 2021 [link])
JA573A  342   ex N342FJ, arrived Chitose May 7, 2019. Chiyurataka
(Photo from July 2022 [link])
JA574A  345  Chiyurataka (Last of first batch of three aircraft) 
JA575A 346  ex N346FJ, arrived Centrair Dec. 17, 2019
 Commissioned Feb. 26, 2020 Wakataka 1
JA576A 357   ex N357FJ, arr. Haneda Mar. 24, 2021
 Commisssioned July 8, 2021 Wakataka 2 
JA577A 366  ex N366FJ, arr Haneda Jan. 12, 2022
 Commissioned June 8, 2022 Wakataka 3
 First two aircraft registered to Mitsui Bussan May 2019. JA573A transferred to JCG Aug. 9, 2019.
 Last updated: Aug. 16, 2022 

JCG Falcon2000 crs(Photo: Asahi Shimbun Aviation via Twitter @asahi_aviation)

Dassault Aviation announced on April 22, 2015, that the JCG had selected the Falcon 2000 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) to enhance its fleet. Not provided at that time, the contract covered five aircraft for delivery from March 2019. Based on the long-range Falcon 2000 LXS business jet, the acquisition was said to have come after an international competition. Dassault’s partners in the project are L-3 Platform Integration and THALES.

The first two Falcon 2000s were registered to Mitsui Bussan Aerospace in May 2019, and one arrived at Chitose on May 7, 2019 (link). They were flown from Shizuoka airport for periods in the summer before their registrations were passed to the JCG, the first being JA573A on August 9. Moved to Naha in September that aircraft had been joined by JA572A by early November. The winning entry from the general public for the aircraft nickname worn on the nose (link)—Churataka (Beautiful Falcon), based on that chosen for the Falcon 900 (see above)—was officially announced at a ceremony at Naha, naturally involving JA573A, on September 11.

At the end of its ferry flight, the Falcon 2000 that was to become JA575A arrives at Nagoya’s
Centrair International Airport on a wet day in mid-December 2019.
(Photo: なごやん via Twitter @N682G)

In mid-February 2020, JA575A was seen at Shizuoka Airport when being readied reportedly for service from Fukuoka. The aircraft was bearing the name Wakataka (Young Hawk), which had again been selected from, on this occasion, 353 suggestions received from the general public. The later three of the six aircraft are all now based at Kita-Kyushu Airport.

A still from a JCG publicity YouTube video (link) shows the commemorative photo taken on
July 8, 2021, when the commissioning ceremony for Falcon 2000
Wakataka 2
was held at Kita-Kyushu Airport.

Gulfstream Aerospace G-V Sea Watch
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA500A 683 Umiwashi  Del. Sept. 25, 2002
 (to Marubeni Aerospace Corp. as N683GA)
e-reg’d JA500A Apr. 14, 2005
 JCG May 12, 2005
JA501A 689 Umiwashi  Del. Dec. 20, 2002
 (to Marubeni Aerospace Corp. as N689GA)

 Re-reg’d JA501A Nov. 12, 2004
 JCG Jan. 7, 2005
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JA500A YamaguchiThe first of the G-V Sea Watch aircraft delivered to the Japan Coast Guard in 2002, JA500A speeds
in for a landing on Runway 22 at Tokyo International Airport in March 2007. The photo was taken
from the park on adjacent Keihinjima island.
(Photo: Yoshiaki Yamaguchi via Wikimedia Commons)

JA501A 110115 Ikarasawa WCMoving at a somewhat more sedate pace, sister aircraft JA501A is seen taxying at its home base in
January 2011. Housing the aircraft’s high-performance search radar and a retractable
forward-looking infrared system, the underfuselage “canoe” is clearly visible.
(Photo: Ikarasawa via Wikimedia Commons)

NAMC YS-11A variants
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA8701 2093 Buruerebun  (YS-11A-207) ff Jan. 27, 1969

 Del. Haneda Mar. 20, 1969, last flight Jan. 19, 2011
 (Reg’n canx’d/
transferred to JASDF Jan. 20, 2011,
 aircraft to Miho AB for spares)

JA8702 2175 Ojiro (Sept. 29, 1997)
(May 25, 2005)
 (-207) ff Oct. 28, 1971

 Del. Haneda Nov. 29, 1971, reg’n canx’d Mar. 2, 2010
 Engineless, used for spares at JMSDF Shimofusa

JA8780 2164 Shurei 1  (-213) ff Sept. 1, 1971

 Del. Mar. 2, 1979, reg’n canx’d Nov. 16, 2009
 Used for spares at JMSDF Shimofusa 2010

JA8782 2167 Ojiro 2  (-213) ff Jan. 26, 1971

 Leased to ANA Feb. 25, 1971

 Leased back to NAMC June 30, 1978
 Converted to JCG standard,
del. Chitose Feb. 2, 1979
 Transferred Haneda Dec. 17, 2009

 Reg’n canx’d Mar. 2, 2010
 To JMSDF Shimofusa for spares 2010

JA8791 2177 Shurei 2  (-213) ff Feb. 8, 1973

 Leased to ANA Feb. 21, 1971

 Leased back to NAMC Mar. 15, 1978
 Converted to JCG standard,
del. Naha Dec. 1, 1978

 Reg’n canx’d Nov. 16, 2009
 Stored at Haneda then JMSDF Shimofusa

Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JCG YS-11 JA8702 Maritime Safety Agency YS-11 JA8702 is parked next to the organization’s Short Skyvan at
Oita Airport, February 1979
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)
JCG YS-11 2004The first YS-11 received by the Japan Coast Guard climbs out from Tokyo International Airport in
January 2004, when
Blue Eleven was still seven years away from retirement.
(Photo: Paul Spijkers via Wikimedia Commons)

SAAB 340 variants
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA953A 340B-362


 (340B+SAR) ff June 8, 1994

 ex VH-TCH (1994), N362JE, N678PA (2004)

 Reg’d Feb. 2007

JA954A 340B-363


 (340B+SAR) ff Sept. 7, 1994

 ex F-GMVY (1994), SE-KCZ, XA-ADY, N363JJ (2005)

 Reg’d Feb. 2007

JA8951 340B-385

Hamataka 1

Hayabusa (2004-06+)


 (340B-SAR) ex SE-C85, ff Feb. 9, 1996

 reg’d Apr. 97, commissioned July 28, 1997

JA8952 340B-405

Hamataka 1

Hayabusa (2004-06+)


 (340B-SAR) ex SE-B05, ff Feb. 27, 1997

 reg’d May 97, del. Sept. 9, 1997

Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

(Above) Bearing its pre-delivery registration, the later MSA SAAB 340B-SAR JA8951 was sighted
at Faro, Portugal, in 1996.
(Photo: Pedro Aragao via Wikimedia Commons)

Its sister aircraft JA8952 is seen taxying in the evening glow at Kansai International in
March 2006.
(Photo: Johan Menten via Wikimedia Commons)


JA954ATaxying out at Kansai International November 2008 is the second of the two used SAAB 340Bs that
had been converted to +SR standard and confusingly registered out of sequence the year before.
(Photo: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

Short SC.7 Skyvan 3-200
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA8800 SH1939 Sukaiba-do
 Rolled out Feb. 5, 1975, ex G-BCIB
 J-registered to Ataka Sangyo Mar. 12, 1975
 To JCG Mar. 31, 1975 (based at Haneda).
 Registered to ITC Aerospace parked at Ryugasaki,
 Ibaraki Prefecture, Aug. 28, 1997.
 Sold to Australia Sept. 5, 1997
 J-registration cancelled Sept. 30, 1997
JA8803 SH1954 Akitaka  Rolled out ?, ex G-BEOL
 J-registered to Ataka Sangyo Aug. 19, 1977
 To JCG Sept. 21, 1977 (based at Haneda).
 Based at Hiroshima airport Aug. 1981.
 To ITC Aerospace parked at Ryugasaki,
 Ibaraki Prefecture, Nov. 17, 1997.
 Sold to Australia Dec. 10, 1997
 J-registration cancelled Dec. 11, 1997

JCG Skyvan  JA8800

(Above) Sporting the Maritime Safety Agency’s colour scheme, Short Skyvan JA8800 is 
seen parked at Oita Airport in February 1979.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

(Below) The same aircraft in the Japan Coast Guard colour scheme
(Photo: contri via Wikimedia Commons)


Rotor-Wing Types

AgustaWestland AW139
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA960A 31204 Okitaka 1
Kamitaka 1
 Commissioned Mar. 31, 2008
JA961A 31206 Okitaka 2  Reg’d Mar. 2008
JA962A 31207 Manazuru 1
→ Setowashi 2
 Reg’d Feb. 2008
JA963A 31216 Manazuru 2
→ Setowashi 1
 Reg’d Jan. 2009
JA964A 31218 Mihozuru 1
Kamitaka 2
 Reg’d Jan. 2009
JA965A 31354 Mihozuru 2
 Commissioned Dec. 16, 2011
JA966A 31357 Kanmuriwashi 1  Commissioned Dec. 16, 2011
JA967A 31358 Raichou 1  Commissioned Mar. 16, 2012
JA968A 31360 Umisuzume  Commissioned Mar. 13, 2012
JA969A 31361 Kanmuriwashi 2
→ Hamachidori
 Commissioned Mar. 16, 2012
JA970A 31362 Raichou 2  Reg’d Dec. 2011, commissioned Mar. 13
 (ceremony Mar. 27), 2012
JA971A 31426 Kanmuriwashi  
JA972A 31438 Kanmuriwashi  
JA973A 31437 Mihozuru  ex I-RAIN
JA974A 31488 Okitaka 1  
JA975A 31494 Okitaka 2  ex I-PTFS
JA976A 31513 Manazuru  
JA977A 31514 Manazuru  
JA978A 31933 Raichou  Dec. 2021
JA979A 31986    Imported with JA980A c. Mar. 2023
JA980A 31987 Kumataka  Flight testing at Sendai, Jan. 2024
Last updated: Feb. 12, 2024

JA961AThe AW139s assigned to the 8th Region bear the name Mihozuru, a combination of the air station
name and the word for crane, a bird that is imbued with deep cultural significance in Japan.
Beating off competition from the Eurocopter EC155 and Sikorsky S-76D,
AgustaWestland landed the contract to replace the JCG’s Bell 212s
in October 2006.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Airbus Helicopters (Aerospatiale) AS332L-1 Super Puma
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA6685 2332 Wakataka  ex F-WYMK. Commissioned Apr. 7, 1992.
 Caught in tsunami when on maintenance at Sendai,
 Mar. 11, 2011, decommissioned June 15, 2011
JA6686 2350 Umitaka  Commissioned Apr. 7, 1992
 Decommissioned Dec. 21, 2018
JA6805 2448 Wakawashi 1
→ Umitaka
 ex F-WQDA. Del. May 29, 1997
JA6806 2451 Wakawashi 2
→ Umitaka
 ex F-WQDB. Del. May 29, 1997
Last updated: Feb. 5, 2024

JA6805In the 1990s, the heaviest helicopter type in JCG service was the AS332L1 Super Puma. Delivered
in April 1992, JA6686
Umitaka (Seahawk) was one of the first pair that were built to military
specification to escort vessels carrying plutonium for Japan’s nuclear power stations.
As a result of the sterling service these aircraft and their five-man crews provided
in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Kobe in 1995, two civil examples
were added in 1997.
(Photo: 3rd Region/Japan Coast Guard)

Airbus Helicopters H225 (Eurocopter EC225LP)
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA687A 2663 Mimizuku  Commissioned Mar. 28, 2008
JA688A 2670 Mimizuku  Reg’d Mar. 2008
JA689A 2854 Akitaka  Reg’d Dec. 2013
JA690A 2883 Akitaka  Airlifted to Japan and reg’d Jan. 2014
 Delivered Sept. 2014
JA691A 2921 Inuwashi  Delivered Jan. 23, 2015
JA692A   3015 Inuwashi   Ordered Mar. 2016 for 2018 delivery
 Commissioned Dec. 22, 2018
JA693A*   3006 Nabezuru   Delivered Dec. 23, 2019
 Assigned to 10th Region/Shunkou
JA694A* 3011 Hayataka
→ Nabezuru

 Delivered Dec. 23, 2019

 Assigned to 10th Region/Shunkou

JA695A* 3009 Hayataka  Assigned to 10th Region/Reimei
 JA696A  3001 Aowashi   Ordered April 2018, del. Feb 2021
 Assigned to 10th Region/Akatsuki
 JA697A  3029  Chiyurawashi  Assigned to 11th Region/Asazuki
JA698A** 3018  Ootaka  Assigned to 10th Region/Asanagi
 JA699A**  3021  Ootaka  Assigned to 10th Region/Asanagi
JA700A   3000 Yumiwashi   Assigned to 10th Region/Yumihari
 * JA693A to JA695A were ordered in June 2017 for delivery by February 2020
 Two orders for two aircraft, April 2020 and March 2021.
 ** Arrived Kobe May 10, 2023
Last updated: Feb. 5, 2024

JA688AKansai International Airport-based EC225LP JA688A Mimizuku (Horned Owl) hovers over the
deck of
Settsu (PLH 07), the patrol vessel assigned to the 5th Region. (Photo: Japan Coast Guard) 

Bell 47D-1
Registration c/n Notes
JA7101 649  Based at Tokyo Heliport, conversion to ’G-2A recorded Oct. 12, 1963.
ase changed to Ise airport, Oct. 11, 1968, to Tokyo International Airport June 21, 1972. Reg’n cancelled July 10, 1973
JA7102 650  Based at Tokyo Heliport, conversion to ’G-2A recorded Oct. 12, 1963.
 Base changed to Hiroshima airport. R
eg’n cancelled July 10,
 1973, but aircraft dismantled July 4, 1973, for display at JCG Academy, Kure
JA7103 657  Based at Tokyo Heliport, conversion to ’G-2A recorded Oct. 12, 1963,
 base changed to Niigata airport. 
Reg’n cancelled Aug. 2, 1973
JA8802 660  MSA Tateyama Sqn, reg’n cancelled June 17, 1964
 → JMSDF 8722
JA8803 661  MSA Tateyama Sqn, reg’n cancelled June 17, 1964
 → JMSDF 8723
 (*) First three imported and assembled at Tokyo (Suzaki) heliport in June 1953.
 Registered to 
MSA June 25, commissioned at Tateyama July 2, bestowed with numbers 101-103 at ceremony at Tokyo heliport July 10, 1953. Converted to Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2As in 1963. 
 JA8802/3 both registered to MSA Aug. 26, 1963. See below for Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2/KH-4.

This photo (link) shows Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2A JA7101 at Haneda Airport in May 1973, two months before its retirement.

Bell 206B Jetranger
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA6082 4149 Abi 1 → Ooruri

 Del. June 26, 1991

 Decommissioned Mar. 22, 2019 (9,879 hours)

JA6176 4380 Ooruri  Del. Mar. 22, 1996
 Made last flight of type in JCG service Mar. 20, 2019
 Decommissioned Mar. 22, 2019 (8,166 hours)
JA6177 4381 Hachidori Ooruri  Del. Mar. 22, 1996
 Decommissioned Mar. 22, 2019 (7,785 hours)
JA6178 4383 Abi 2 Ooruri  Del. Mar. 22, 1996

 Decommissioned June 15, 2011

JA9116 940    ex N58061, reg’d June 18, 1973, based Yao,
 Haneda (Sept. 1983), Sendai July 1987
 Sold to U.S owner 1996 → N888LH
JA9117 941    ex N58062, reg’d June 18, 1973
 w/o June 18, 1988. Scrapped Aug. 31, 1989,
 reg’n cancelled Sept. 12, 1989
JA9118 942    ex N58063, reg’d June 26, 1973, based Yao,
 Haneda (Sept. 1983). Reg’n cancelled June 24,
 1996, sold to Australian owner 1996
JA9119 947    ex N58064, reg’d June 26, 1973, based
 Hiroshima (Sept. 1983). Passed to first of two
 Japanese owners Oct. 1996 before sold to
 U.S. owner Oct. 2000
Notes: JA9116-JA9119 Bell 206B JetRanger II, others Bell 206B JetRanger III
Former Nara Prefectural Police Bell 206L-3 LongRanger (c/n 51225) acquired 2009 for ground
instruction at JCG Miyagi Branch School, Sendai, scrapped after damaged by March 2011 tsunami
Last updated: May 29, 2019

JA6177One of the last three Bell 206B Jetrangers in JCG service, JA6177 Ooruri (Blue and
White Flycatcher) was transferred from Haneda to Sendai to replace a sister aircraft
damaged beyond economical repair in the March 2011 tsunami; all three were
finally decommissioned on March 22, 2019. In view of the extensive time spent
on overwater pollution control and training missions, all these aircraft were
fitted with skid-mounted flotation devices
. (Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

 jcgb206Having 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 meant
that their days were numbered.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Bell 212 (Part1/2)
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA9516 30583    ex N58076, reg’d Nov. 5, 1973 
 Commissioned Dec. 1973 / Decomm’d Feb. 1995
 → N17SL, N212SX, P2-HCK?
JA9517 30587    ex N58086, reg’d Nov. 19, 1973
 C Dec. 1973 / D Nov. 1995
 → N605LH, EC-GLV
JA9518 30591    ex N83259, reg’d Nov. 19, 1973
 C Jan. 1974 / D Feb. 1997
 → N73283, CS-HDY, PP-MEF, CP-2706
JA9519 30592    ex N83262, reg’d Nov. 19, 1973
 C Feb. 1974 / D Nov. 1995
 → N50EW, N911KW (see photos below)
JA9525 30663    Reg’d Apr. 10, 1975
 C June 1975 / D Feb. 1997
 → N89EA, HL9263, N212XL, P2-PAN 
JA9526 30729    Reg’d Dec. 15, 1975
 C Feb. 1976 / D May 1997
JA9527 30851     Reg’d Dec. 28, 1977
 C Feb. 1978 / D May 1997
 → N85EA, C-GSLT, N268GA, C-GSLR
JA9530 30873    Reg’d July 3, 1978
 C Sept. 1978 / D Oct. 1998
→ N910KW, N873HL
JA9531 30874    Reg’d to Mitsui Bussan July 3 1978, assigned to
 Antarctic research vessel, the Souya
 Still assigned when passed to JCG Sept. 25, 1978
 Based at Kushiro from Feb. 1979
 Reg’n canx’d Oct. 15, 1998.
Served as instructional
 airframe at JCG Miyagi Branch School,
Sendai airport,
 until wrecked by tsunami Mar. 11, 2011.
JA9532 30889 Harima 1  ex N18097, reg’d Nov. 7, 1978,
 del. Jan. 25, 1979, D Mar. 2008
 → C-FMLT 
JA9533 30892 Hirose 1  ex N18097, reg’d Nov. 22, 1978,
 del. Jan. 25, 1979, D Mar. 2008
 → N705LH, C-GHTG
 (See Shared History below)
JA9534 30894    Reg’d Dec. 5, 1978
 C Feb. 1979 / D Mar. 2000
 → N894AJ, C-FRWF
JA9535 30897    C Feb. 1979
 Crashed Nov. 29, 1982 Fukue, Nagasaki Pref.
 D Feb. 1983
JA9536 30900 Tanchou 1

 Reg’d Jan. 17, 1979, del. Mar. 15, 1979
 D Mar. 2008
→ N652LH, VH-JJY

JA9538 30904 Setozuru 1  Reg’d Mar. 1, 1979, del. Apr. 19, 1979
 D Mar. 2008 → C-GHTK
JA9540 30922




 Reg’d June 4, 1979, del. Sept. 20, 1979
 To Hiroshima Dec. 16, 2011

 Reg’n canx’d Mar. 22, 2013 → N922VS*

JA9550 31105 Hayataka
→ Setozuru
 Reg’d June 11, 1980, del. Oct. 9, 1980
 To Hiroshima Mar. 13, 2013
 D Jan. 22, 2015 (see note below table)
 → C-FLXW, N585TW 
JA9559 31178 Hirose 2  Reg’d May 25, 1981, del. July 23, 1981
 D Mar. 2008

 → N706LH, C-GHTL
 (See Shared History below)
(*) One of three (one identity unknown) being overhauled at VSC Aircraft Maintenance in Crestview,
Florida, August 2014,
having been acquired direct from Japanese government.
Last updated: Feb. 14, 2024  (Continued in Part 2/2 below)

As reported in the April 2015 issue of Aireview, the Bell 212 JA9550 and Cessna U206G Stationair (see above) were decommissioned at a ceremony held at Hiroshima Air Station on January 22, 2015.

Ending its career as Setozuru (Seto [Inland Sea] Crane), JA9550 had in the space of 34 years accumulated 9,975 flying hours, a high proportion of which had been spent aboard the Kagoshima-based patrol vessel Hayato. The day after the ceremony, Bell 412EP JA906A arrived from Haneda to perpetuate the Setozuru name.

Other Bell 212s racked up impressive service records with the JCG and in some cases remain in service overseas.  

Shared History

Hirose 1 and 2 on patrol during their nearly 17-year joint tenure at Sendai (Photo: 2nd Region/JCG)

Among the many former JCG Bells 212s that went on to see service with new owners overseas were the two that were for many years based at Sendai.

MSA/JCG Bell 212 JA9533Then brand-new Bell 212 JA9533 about to depart Oita Airport in February 1979.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Built in 1978, JA9533 entered JCG service in January 1979 and was joined by JA9559 in August 1981, serving as Hirose 1 and Hirose 2, respectively. When retired following Hirose 1’s last coastal patrol flight on March 19, 2008, the JCG website proudly proclaimed that they had together flown the equivalent of something like 112 times around the globe.

Their flying days in Japan over, the aircraft are parked behind JCG Sendai
personnel and a banner thanking them for their many years of service,
March 19, 2008
. (Photo: 2nd Region/JCG)

After a few months spent in storage in the hangar at Sendai, they were both auctioned off to Hudson Flight Ltd. LLC of Pampa, Texas, via a Japanese trading company. Photos taken in early September 2008 show the aircraft being prepared for loading on trailers and onward shipment. At this point, as their registrations had been cancelled and their certificates of airworthiness had expired, they would have been classed merely as goods and thus have had all identifying markings erased. They had been put up for sale by Hudson Flight, which gave the total airframe hours achieved with their one careful previous owner as 11,415 for the older and 10,665 for the younger aircraft. (Built in 1988 and operated by the JCG from March 1989 to February 2014, the last Bell 212 received JA9931 had 7,632 hours “on the clock” when put up for auction in May 2016.)

October 2009 saw both aircraft exported for service with Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) (HTSC) Inc. in Carp, Ontario, as C-GHTG and C-GHTL. The latter was photographed when being used in the wildfire suppression role in February 2021 (link), and both are still listed as current.

Bell 212 (Part 2/2)
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA9560 31179 Kariyushi 1
 Reg’d June 3, 1981, del. July 17, 1981

 Reg’n canx’d Mar. 13, 2013 → C-BGSF

JA9561 31181

Tanchou 2


 Reg’d June 23, 1981, del. Aug. 20, 1981
 D Feb. 2014
JA9562 31182 Kamitaka 1

 Reg’d June 23, 1981, del. Sept. 10, 1981,

 D Jan. 2009

JA9563 31184 Harima 2


 ex N18095, reg’d Aug. 5/del. Aug. 27, 1981
 To Sendai Dec. 16, 2011
 Reg’n canx’d Mar, 23, 2013 → N105KK, C-GSLQ
JA9564 31185 Yuukara  ex N18090, reg’d July 28, 1981, del. Oct. 8, 1981
 D Feb. 2014 → VH-KHY
JA9565 31186 Sekirei



 ex N18092, reg’d Aug. 5, 1981, del. Oct. 22, 1981
 To Sendai Mar. 6, 2012
 Assigned Yokohama/PLH-22, Mar. 13, 2013
 D Feb. 2014 → C-FCNU
JA9566 31187 Kamitaka 2



 Reg’d Sept. 8, 1981, del. Nov. 12, 1981
 D June 2015
 → ZK-HBQ, N668HA
JA9567 31188    ex N18902, reg’d Oct. 2, 1981
 Commissioned Dec. 1981
 w/o Ikatsuchikayama, Okayama, Oct. 30, 1985
JA9574 31216 Shiokaze  Reg’d July 15, 1982, del. Sept. 17, 1982
 D June 15, 2011 → N216J
JA9575 31218 Kariyushi 2
 Reg’d July 15, 1982, del. Sept. 3, 1982
 D Mar. 2015 → C-FLBZ, C-GJYH
JA9594 31222 Oohari  Reg’d June 1, 1983, del. Aug. 1, 1983
 D Sept. 2015 → C-FRGK
JA9595 31266 Setozuru 2
 Reg’d June 1, 11983, del. Sept. 22, 1983
 D Mar. 2015 → N26NH
JA9607 31268 Suma



 Del. Sept. 13, 1984 / D Feb. 2015
 → C-GMCW, N512PA
JA9617 31265 Kohakuchou  Del. Dec. 5, 1985 / D June 2015
 → N217EE, C-GVWZ, JA9617
JA9618 31266 Shiboi 1  Del. Dec. 5, 1985 / D Sept. 2015
 → N85PP
JA9619 31267

Shiboi 2


 Del. Dec. 12, 1985 / D Mar. 2015
 → N212PA, C-FRCW
JA9684 31294 Shidakku 1
 Del. Apr. 28, 1988 / D Mar. 2015
 → C-?
JA9929 31301 Nahatsubame  Del. Mar. 23, 1989 / D Sept. 2015
JA9930 31302 Nihonkai  Del. Mar. 23, 1989 / D Dec. 2015
JA9931 31303 Shidakku 2  Del. Mar. 23, 1989 / D Feb. 2014
 → N303VS*
(*) One of three (one identity unknown) being overhauled at VSC Aircraft Maintenance in Crestview,
Florida, August 2014,
having been acquired direct from Japanese government.
Last updated: Feb. 14, 2024

JCG Says Sayonara to Its Last Bell 212

JCG 2nd Region MH930(Photo: 2nd Region, Japan Coast Guard)

While the JGSDF in February 2016 bade farewell to the last of its Mitsubishi LR-1s, another familiar—and on occasion for many welcome—sight had already disappeared from Japan’s skies.

During the course of 2015, no less than a dozen Japan Coast Guard Bell 212s were withdrawn from service. On January 13, 2016, a ceremony was held in a hangar at the 2nd Region’s operations base at Sendai airport, Miyagi Prefecture. The centre of attention was the last example (JA9930), which had been flown on its last patrol flight along the Miyagi coast before decommissioning on December 11, 2015.

JA9930 Niigata(Above) This November 2011 shot shows JA9930 in its previous guise as the long-serving resident
helicopter at the 9th Region’s base at Niigata airport, where the aircraft bore the name
(Sea of Japan). Initially operated from the region’s patrol vessel Echigo, JA9930 was assigned
to the shore base from February 1990. Clearly visible atop the rotor head is the seesaw-type
Bell stabilizer bar designed to improve handling during the hover.
JA9930(Photos: [Top] Cp9asngf via Wikimedia Commons; [above] Japan Coast Guard)

JA9930During its brief final assignment at Sendai, what was to be the last JCG Bell 212 was named
Shiokaze (Sea Breeze). Having entered service in March 1989, the aircraft was instrumental
in the saving of  61 lives on 39 of its many missions.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Dating back to the days of the Maritime Safety Agency in December 1973, a cumulative total of 38 Bell 212s were operated from 14 JCG air bases and the decks of 12 ships, making the JCG the world’s largest operator of the type.

Among the 150 or so attendees marking the end of a 42-year service career was Tōru Doi, who coincidentally hails from Miyagi and holds the post of Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism, the government body to which the JCG reports. Also present was Richard Thornley, in-country representative managing director for Bell Helicopter, who have seen their pre-eminent position as a supplier of helicopters to the JCG eroded by AgustaWestland and Sikorsky; the last of the recently delivered batch of 11 Sikorsky S-76D replacements was also parked in the hangar during the ceremony.

The camera rolls of the Mainichi Shimbun reporter who made two visits, on December 2 and 11, 2015, can be viewed on the newspaper’s website (link 1) (link 2)

SE-JJLFormerly JA9562, this Bell 212 still retained its JCG colour scheme when owned by Osterman
Helicopter in Sweden in June 2012. Having been repainted red during its time with an Austrian
operator, the aircraft was still in service in British Columbia, Canada, in October 2023
(Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

(Photo [at Kisarazu, undated]: ぱらみりvia Twitter @paramilipic)

After more than 20 years’ service with the MSA (old scheme shown above) and JCG (photo from January 1995 [link]), JA9519 was acquired by a California-based company that undertakes contract firefighting work as N911KW. For some time, the aircraft retained a variation of its JCG colours—for example with Fresno-based Sierra Helitack in 2001 and (link) from 2007—but by 2009 had been finished in a blue, white and gold colour scheme ([link] and below). The aircraft was written off when with Clovis-based Rogers Aviation following a non-fatal forced landing incident when on approach to pick up water from Lake Shastina, California, on July 7, 2021. The sole occupant at the time, the pilot had managed to exit the cockpit before the aircraft sank.

N911KW ‘Helicopter 517’ is prepared for battle at the start of the season near Sonora,
California, in June 2019.
(Photo: Stanislaus National Forest via Twitter @Stanislaus_NF)

Bell 212 decommissioningHaving a number of selected people step up to gradually paint out an aircraft’s name traditionally
forms the main event at any JCG aircraft decommissioning ceremony. This photo was taken at
Sendai on June 30, 2015, when the previous
Shiokaze (JA9566) was withdrawn from use.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)


JA9617 in its original guise, at Kansai International Airport, December 2013
(Photo: K’の飛行機写真館 via X [formerly Twitter], @PLANEPHOTOPARK)

After having served with the JCG for 30 years, from 1985 to 2015, the twin-engined Bell 212 JA9617 Kohakuchou (Tundra Swan, 1992: link , 2013: link) was one of the many that were sold to operators or intermediary sales companies in North America. Reportedly registered to KK Aircraft International of Wilmington, Delaware, in 2015, the aircraft was on the books at Calgary, Canada-based Eagle Copters as C-GVWZ (a registration that had previously been used for the delivery of a Dash 8 to Poland) from September 2021 to February 2022, emerging as weight- and cost-reduced, single-engine Eagle Single upgrade conversion. Repatriated to Japan and having reverted to its original registration, JA9617 has been operated primarily from Tokyo Heliport by Akagi Helicopter since the spring of 2022.

Bubble economy. Repatriated as a cost-effective Eagle Single conversion, Akagi Helicopter’s
ex-JCG JA9617 is sometimes fitted with a bubble cockpit side window for enhanced
visibility during hoisting operations.

(Photos, via X [formerly Twitter]: [Top] 鯖缶 @sabakan805;

Bell 412/412EP
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA6713 36052 Hoshizuna 1  (Bell 412, ex N5092J) Del. Oct. 1, 1993
 Reg. cancelled Mar. 2011 (due tsunami damage?)
JA6714 36053

Hoshizuna 2
Isetaka 1

 (Bell 412, ex N5091H) Del. Oct. 1, 1993
 Reportedly being used at JGSDF Kasumigaura
 (See Former JA6714’s JGSDF Role below) 
JA906A 36227 Oshidori 2

→ Setozuru
→ Isetaka

 ex N8236F, del. Apr. 7, 2000
 Hiroshima, then Haneda 
 Returned to Hiroshima Jan. 2015
 Reassigned to Chubu 2021
JA907A 36246 Rurikakesu 2
 ex N6739D, del. Mar. 29, 2000
 Decommissioned June 15, 2011
JA908A 36264 Hanamidori 2  Del. May 11, 2001
 To Hiroshima Mar. 22, 2013
JA6756 36096 Hamachidori 1
Isetaka 2
 ex N2291W, del. Nov. 1, 1995

 To Chubu Mar. 13, 2013
 Assigned to PLH-21 early 2014

JA6795 36120

Oshidori 1

→ Hanamidori

 ex N9215T, del. Feb. 7, 1997
 To Hiroshima Dec. 16, 2011
 At Kitakyushu July 2022
JA6796 36121 Rurikakesu 1  ex N92155, del. Feb. 7, 1997.
 Written off in tragic accident on Aug. 18, 2010
 (Struck power lines and
crashed into sea off
 Sanagijima, Kagawa Prefecture.)
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2024

JA906A(Above) The first of the six Bell 412EPs delivered to the JCG, JA906A was transferred from
Haneda to Hiroshima Air Station in January 2015 and thus changed its name from
(Golden Eagle) to Setozuru (Seto [Inland Sea] Crane). (Below) The aircraft’s crew
bid farewell to the spectators attending the JCG’s 70th anniversary
fleet review on Tokyo Bay in May 2018.

JCG Bell 412 Setozuru (Photos: Japan Coast Guard)

Former JA6714’s JGSDF Role

Registered in May 1993 as one of the first pair of Bell 412s operated by the JCG and the first registered in Japan, JA6714 was assigned with JA6713 to Ishigaki Airport in Okinawa in October that year. Both helicopters carried the name Hoshizuna (Star Sand). On March 6, 2012, JA6714 was transferred to the 4th Region at Chubu Airport, prompting a change of name to Isetaka. After a service life that had lasted 28 years and 5 months, including time spent deployed on the patrol vessel Mizuho (PLH 41) in 2014, the arrival of new equipment in the form of an S-76D led to its brief relocation to JCG Hiroshima, where the aircraft was decommissioned on March 26, 2021.

JCG Bell 412 Isetaka during a 4th Region training exercise with the Suzuka (PL 68), October 2018
(Photos: wata via X [formerly Twitter] @Wata_GRF)

The aircraft’s registration was cancelled on November 12, 2021, due to its transfer to the Ministry of Defense. Taken on November 6 (link), a photo shows its fuselage on a trailer, ready for transportation to another location, reportedly the JGSDF’s Kasumigaura Aviation School as an instructional airframe in anticipation of the UH-2’s entry into service.

Bell 505 Jetranger X
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA181A 65026 Ooruri 1  Commissioned Mar. 27, 2018 
JA182A 65027 Ooruri 2


JA183A 65028 Ooruri 3  
JA184A 65032 Ooruri 4  
 Last updated: Apr. 24, 2018

 Japan Coast Guard Bell 505Against a dramatic backdrop at Kagoshima airport, the second of the four new JCG
Bell 505 Jetranger X helicopters winds down after landing back from a
manufacturer’s test flight on January 15, 2018.
(Photo: Still from YouTube amateur video, shot by Hayato Gaku [link])

Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2*/KH-4
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA7105 119 Aug. 8, 1957  (Bell 47G-2) Assigned to Hiroshima airport
 Reg’n cancelled Aug. 2, 1973
121 Sept. 24, 1957  (Kawasaki-Bell H-13H/Bell 47G-2)
 Rolled out July 10, 1957 as JG30109

 Assigned to Hakodate after transfer to MSA, operated on
to sixth Antarctic research expeditions 1958–1962
 Reverted to JG30109 Aug. 11, 1962
 Reg’n cancelled Aug. 22, 1962
2169 May 6, 1982  (KH-4) Reregistered to MSA, assigned to Yao airport
 Reg’n cancelled May 6, 1992
JA7107 122 Sept. 24, 1957  (Kawasaki-Bell H-13H/Bell 47G-2)
 Rolled out July 10, 1957 as JG30110

 Assigned to Tateyama after transfer to MSA, operated on
to sixth Antarctic research expeditions 1958–1962
 Reverted to JG30110 Aug, 11, 1962
 Reg’n cancelled Aug. 22, 1962
JA7108 2189 Dec. 9, 1970  (KH-4) Assigned to Ise airport
 Passed to Nippon Helicopter (today’s All Nippon Helicopter)
 at Keisei Yatsu airport Feb. 23, 1982
JA7109 2177 Dec. 14, 1971  (KH-4) Assigned to Yao, Niigata (July 1973 to July 1974)
 and Haneda (from July 1974), registration passed to
 Miyauchi Trading at Kawagoe Heliport Feb. 16, 1989
JA7110 2193 Dec. 14, 1971  (KH-4) Based at Hiroshima, passed to Kamiyama Co., Ltd.
 at Tokyo
heliport on Jan. 19, 1982. After service with a
 total of six private owners, placed on display at
 Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum, Gifu Prefecture, 1996
JA7111 2196 Apr. 5, 1972  (KH-4) Based at Ise airport, change of ownership to
 NishiNippon Airlines Co., Ltd. and base of operation to
 Fukuoka airport recorded on Dec. 9, 1982
JA7112 2197 Apr. 5, 1972  (KH-4) Based at Hiroshima airport, change of ownership to
 Yamauchi Trading (Ace Helicopters) and base of operation
 to Kawagoe heliport recorded on Dec. 22, 1981
JA8806 1019 Sept. 7, 1956  (Kawasaki-Bell 47G, upgraded to ’G-2 standard 1957)
 Acquired from Japan Defense Agency, used on Antarctic
→ JMSDF 8726, June 17, 1964
JA8807 1020 Sept. 7, 1956  (Kawasaki-Bell 47G) Acquired from Japan Defense Agency,
 used on Antarctic survey → JMSDF 8727, June 17, 1964
(*) See Bell 47D-1 for three aircraft imported as Bell 47D-1s in 1953 and converted to Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2 standard in 1963.

This photo (link) shows Kawasaki-Bell 47G-3B/KH-4 JA7110 at Hiroshima Airport in early 1975.

Kawasaki-Hughes 369HS
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA9113 6614 May 15, 1972  Ex RG-1001 (GRI-001?), JA9066

 Based at Ishigaki airport, Akeno from Aug. 1979
 wfu June 30, 1993

 Three private owners before sold to NZ, Sept. 2000

JA9115 6615  ex RG-1002 (GRI-002?), JA9067
 Based at Ishigaki airport, Akeno from Aug. 1979
 Grounded June 30, 1993, reg’n cancelled July 8, 1993
 Donated to the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences,
 close to Narita airport, by the JCG Aviation School
 in Sendai. 

JCG Hughes 369HSAugust 1977. One of the two JCG Hughes 369HSs at JGSDF Akeno, which was to be its
home base from two years later
 (Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Formerly operated by the Ryukyu Island government, JA9115 parked at Naha Airport,
circa May 1973.
(Photo: Akio Misawa)
Featuring JA9115 in the later colour scheme, both aircraft are seen here in an undated
photo taken at Akeno

Sikorsky S-55
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA7151 SS55507 Dec. 1, 1953  Based Tateyama

 Crashed at Zenigamezawa, Hokkaido, Feb. 24, 1960

 Reg’n cancelled Mar. 7, 1960

JA7152 SS55508 Dec. 10, 1953  Commissioned at Tateyama Dec. 12, 1953, but assigned to
airport. Displayed at Haneda pageant marking
 50th anniversary of
aviation in Japan on Sept. 18, 1960.
 Reg’n cancelled Feb. 4, 1974, placed on display for many
 years at JCG Academy in Kure. Ultimate fate unknown
JA7153 SS55707 July 7, 1954  Assigned to Hakodate airport, to Haneda Apr. 20, 1973
 Reg’n cancelled Mar. 7, 1974
JA7155 M55032 Feb. 27, 1961  (S-55C)
 Assigned to Haneda airport, to Hakodate Oct. 5, 1967

 Photo taken at Nagoya Airport in October 1972 (link)
 Reg’n cancelled Jan. 10, 1974

This photo (link) shows then Hakodate-based S-55 JA7152 at the Haneda Airport maintenance area in April 1967. Characteristic of the early-model S-55s operated by the MSA, all of which were Mitsubishi built, was their inverted-V horizontal stabilizer.

Parked beside the elevated monorail at the MSA’s Haneda base, this photo (link) shows S-55 JA7153 on May 5, 1973, two weeks after its arrival on a base transfer from Hakodate. The cancellation of this aircraft’s registration on March 7, 1974, brought the MSA’s S-55 era to a close.

Seen at Haneda Airport in December 1961 (link), S-55C JA7155 was acquired as a replacement for JA7151.

Sikorsky S-58
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA7201 58945 Oct. 15, 1958  Built Aug. 1958, based at Haneda, used for Antarctic
 Photo taken at Nagoya Airport, date unknown (link)
 Reg’n cancelled Jan. 10, 1974
 Dismantled Dec. 28, 1973, and placed on display at
Science Museum, Ueno, Tokyo (see below)
JA7202 58946 Oct. 15, 1958

 Built Aug. 1958, based at Tateyama, used for Antarctic
Wrecked when crashed into sea off Haneda
 airport after undergoing
maintenance at Mitsubishi,
 Mar. 5, 1966. W
ithdrawn from use Sept. 4, 1966
 Reg’n cancelled Sept. 30, 1966

JA7203 581237 Oct. 14, 1960  Transferred on loan from JMSDF, rolled out
 Oct. 18, 1960,
used for Antarctic survey
 Returned to JMSDF March 13, 1962
 Reg’n cancelled Mar. 14, 1962

This photo of MSA S-58 JA7201 (link) was taken from the ice breaker Sōya during the fleet review conducted in Tokyo Bay in May 1972. It was a crew flying this aircraft from Sōya that in 1959 rescued Taro and Jiro, the only two survivors of 15 sled dogs that had had to be left behind at the Antarctic Research Expedition base 11 months before. From December 1973, the aircraft was exhibited at the National Science Museum in Ueno, Tokyo, then placed in that museum’s storage facility in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, but has now been transferred to a new museum that is due to open in Chikusei in May 2022.

Sikorsky S-62
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA9156 M62-014 Mar. 29, 1967  Based at Haneda, then at Niigata airport from July 1974

 Disposal decision taken Apr. 28, 1982

 Reg’n cancelled May 18, 1982

 Placed on display at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences,
 close to Narita airport, Chiba Prefecture, Aug. 1989


S-62 JA9156The then Maritime Safety Agency’s sole Sikorsky S-62 hovers over the wreck of the Juliana, a
Liberian-registered oil tanker that ran aground off Niigata on November 30, 1971.
This photo is on display at the Japan Coast Museum in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

JA9156The Mitsubishi-built former MSA Sikorsky S-62 was placed on display at the
Museum of Aeronautical Sciences in August 1989.
(Photo [Sept. 2013]: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

Sikorsky S-76 variants
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA909A 760621



JA6733 760149    (S-76C) Crashed Feb. 20, 1998
JA6755 760431 Kumataka 1
 (S-76C) Del. Nov. 24, 1995
JA6903 760484 Raichou 1  (S-76C) Del. Oct. 9, 1998
 Remained on charge after ditching during
 training flight, Jan. 10, 2005.
 Finally wfu May 12, 2005
JA6905 760495 Kumataka 2  (S-76C) Del. June 11, 1999
 Decommissioned June 15, 2011
JA6904 760484 Raichō 2
Kumataka (2012)
→ Shimafukurou
 Reg’d June 8, 1998, del. Oct. 9, 1998
JA910A 761010  Kumataka 1  Ex N7610B, at JAMCO Sept. 2014
 DoC* Feb. 25, 2015 at Hakodate
JA911B   761011   Shimawashi  Ex N7611T, DoC Mar. 11, 2015
JA912A  761012 Rurikakesu   Ex N7612U
 Reg’d to Mitsubishi Corporation, Sept. 2014
 DoC Mar. 12, 2015
JA913A  761005  Kumataka 2  Ex N765G, DoC Mar, 20, 2015
JA914A  761024 Maizuru   DoC Apr. 24, 2015, operational June 30, 2015
JA915A  761029  Okisashiba  Ex N7629Z, DoC Mar. 11, 2015
JA916A  761031  Misago  DoC June 30, 2015
JA917A  761057 Okiajisashi   DoC Sept. 18, 2015
JA918A   761058  Shirasagi   DoC Sept. 29, 2015, ferried to KAN Oct. 2
JA919A  761062  Haitaka  Ex N7622D. Airlifted to SEN, arr. July 30,
 DoC Sept. 29, 2015
JA920A  761061 Umineko   DoC Dec. 22, 2015
JA921B 761079 Setotaka  DoC Mar. 26, 2021
JA922B 761081 Sekirei  DoC c. Jan. 2024
JA923B 761083    At Sendai, Sept. 2023
 Eleven S-76Ds ordered June 2013, but 12 in service.
 Three land-based (910A and 913A at Hakodate, 921B at Hiroshima), remainder assigned to vessels
 (*) Date of commissioning
 Last updated: Feb. 7, 2024

JA6755Currently assigned to the JCG air station at Kushiro in Hokkaido, Sikorsky S-76C JA6755 bears the
Shimafukurou (Blakiston’s Fish Owl). At the other end of the country in September 2014,
126 Okinawa residents suggested names for the two S-76Ds that were to be assigned to the
11th Region’s
Uruma (PLH 04) and Ryuukyuu (PLH 09). Announced that December, the
winning names were
Shimawashi (“Island Eagle”) and Okisashiba (Buzzard), respectively.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard

JCG 1st Region S-76The pilot brings Sekirei (Wagtail)—one of the no less than six S-76 helicopters operated by the
1st Region—to the hover over the deck of the Kushiro-based patrol ship 
(Photo [Oct. 2015]: 1st Region, Japan Coast Guard)

JCG S-76C+ (2)(Above and below) The S-76C+ delivered to the JCG in October 1998 visits JMSDF Ohminato.
Raichou (Snow Grouse) when with the 9th Region upon its entry into service, the
aircraft acquired the name
Kumataka (Hodgson’s Hawk Eagle) shown here when
transferred to the 1st Region at Kushiro, Hokkaido, early in 2012.
JCG S-76C+ (Photos [October 2013]: Amayagan via Wikimedia Commons)

Having arrived there in September 2023 (above), the 14th JCG S-76D JA923B was still lacking a
nickname when at Sendai in early February 2024

(Photos via X, formerly Twitter: [Top] SS_Spotter @SaKaNa____01; [above] 鯖缶 @sabakan805)

Registration c/n Name Notes
       Odered June 2022 for 2025 delivery 
 Last updated: Aug. 28, 2022


Aircraft Type In Service No. Notes*                                       
Bell 47 variants 1953–1992 15  
S-55 1953–1974 4  
Beech 18 variants 1956–1981 11  
S-58 1958–1974 3  
Cessna 185 1961–1977 2  
S-62 1967–1982 1  
NAMC YS-11 1969–2011 5  
Bell 206B JetRanger II 1973–1996 4  
Bell 212 1973–2016 38  
Short Skyvan 1975–1997 2  
Cessna 206 1977–2015 1  
King Air 200 1979–2011 17  
K-H 369HS 1979–1993 2  
Falcon 900 1989–2020 2  Sept. 27, 1989
Bell 206B JetRanger III 1991–2019 4  
AS332L1 1992– 4  Apr. 7, 1992 (2)
Bell 412 1993– 8  Oct. 1, 1993 (5)
S-76C 1995– 6  Feb. 10, 1995 (3) 
Saab 340 1997– 4  July 28, 1997
King Air 350 1999– 11  Mar. 24, 1999 (10)
G-V Sea Watch 2005– 2  Jan. 7, 2005
AW139 2008– 21  Mar. 31, 2008
EC225LP (H225) 2008– 14  Mar. 28, 2008  
Dash 8-Q300 2009– 9  Feb. 10, 2009 (8)
S-76D 2015– 14  Feb. 25, 2015
Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A  2018–  Mar. 1, 2018
Bell 505 Jetranger X 2018– 4  Mar. 27, 2018
Falcon 2000 2019– 6  Del. from Mar. 2019
SUBARU 412EPX (2025) 1  Ordered June 2022
 (*) Date first aircraft commissioned (number currently in service [Apr. 2021], if differs from total)




Air Shows in 2024
Jan. 20  Iruma
Mar. 3  Komaki
Mar. 24  Kumagaya
May 19  Shizuhama
May 26  Miho
June 2  Hofu-Kita
Aug. 25 Matsushima
Sept. 8  Misawa
Sept. 15  Chitose
Sept. 23  Komatsu
Oct. 6  Ashiya
Oct. 27  Hamamatsu
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 17  Gifu
Nov. 24  Tsuiki
Dec. 8  Hyakuri
Dec.*  Nyutabaru
Dec.*  Naha
* To be confirmed

Air Shows in 2023
Mar. 5  Komaki
Apr. 2  Kumagaya

May 28  Miho
May 28  Shizuhama
June 3  Nara
               (Open Day)
June 4  Hofu
July 30  Chitose
Aug. 27  Matsushima
Sept. 10  Misawa
Sept. 24  Akita
Oct. 7  Komatsu
Oct. 15  Ashiya
Oct. 29  Hamamatsu
Nov. 12  Gifu
Nov. 26  Tsuiki
Dec. 3  Nyutabaru
Dec. 10  Naha
Dec. 17  Hyakuri

Air Shows in 2024
Jan. 7  Narashino
 (paratroop display)
Apr. 6  Kasuminome
Apr. 6  Utsunomiya
Apr. 13  Somagahara
May 19  Takayubaru

June 1
June 16  Obihiro
June 30  Okadama
June*  Kasumigaura
Oct.*  Tachikawa
* To be confirmed 

Air Shows in 2023

Apr. 8 Somagahara
May 27  Kita-
June 3  Kasumigaura
June 11  Obihiro
July 2  Okadama

Aug. 5  Kasuminome
Oct. 1   Kisarazu
Oct. 29  Tachikawa

Nov. 4  Akeno

Air Shows in 2024
Apr. 20  Atsugi
  (US Navy/JMSDF)
Apr. 28  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(Joint Friendship Day)
July 21  Tateyama
July 28  Hachinohe
* To be confirmed 

Air Shows in 2023
Apr. 15  Iwakuni
(Joint Friendship Day)
Apr. 22  Atsugi

Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 28 Omura
July 23  Tateyama
Sept. 2  Maizuru
Sept. 17  Hachinohe
Oct. 1  Ozuki
Oct. 21  Shimofusa
Nov. 18  Tokushima


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