JMSDF Primary Air Unit Order of Battle
(As at March 4, 2017)
The JMSDF has a requirement for 70 of the Lockheed P-3C Orion’s replacement, the Kawasaki P-1
patrol aircraft. Including the single UP-1 systems testbed, 10 aircraft are either engaged in flight
testing or assigned to the 31st Flight of the 3rd Fleet Air Squadron, which started to re-equip on
the type in March 2015.
(All photographs on this website are copyright J-HangarSpace
unless otherwise stated.)
SELF-DEFENCE FLEET HEADQUARTERS
(Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture)
|Fleet Air Force (HQ: Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture)|
|1st Fleet Air Wing
|1st Fleet Air Sqn||11th Flight||P-3C|
|Kanoya Base Sqn||UH-60J|
2nd Fleet Air Wing
|2nd Fleet Air Sqn||21st Flight||P-3C|
|SAR cover (provided from Ohminato)||UH-60J|
4th Fleet Air Wing
|3rd Fleet Air Sqn||31st Flight||P-1|
|Atsugi Base Sqn||UH-60J|
Iwo Jima Base Sqn
5th Fleet Air Wing
|5th Fleet Air Sqn||51st Flight||P-3C|
|Naha Base Sqn||UH-60J|
21st Fleet Air Wing
21st Fleet Air Sqn
23rd Fleet Air Sqn
|Maizuru Base Sqn|
25th Fleet Air Sqn
|Ohminato Base Sqn||UH-60J|
73rd Fleet Air Sqn
|Ohminato Base Sqn Det.|
|Iwo Jima Base Sqn Det.|
|Tateyama Base Sqn||UH-60J|
22nd Fleet Air Wing
22nd Fleet Air Sqn
24th Fleet Air Sqn
|Komatsushima Base Sqn||UH-60J|
72nd Fleet Air Sqn
|Omura Base Sqn|
31st Fleet Air Wing
|71st Fleet Air Sqn||
|81st Fleet Air Sqn||EP-3, OP-3C|
|91st Fleet Air Sqn||UP-3D, U-36A|
|Iwakuni Base Sqn||UH-60J|
|Target Drone Unit (Etajima, Hiroshima)||BQM-34AJ|
51st Fleet Air Squadron
|511th Flight||P-1/UP-1, P-3C, UP-3C|
|513th Flight||SH-60J/K, USH-60K|
|61st Fleet Air Squadron (Atsugi, Kanagawa)||C-130R, LC-90|
|111th Fleet Air Squadron (Iwakuni, Yamaguchi)||MCH-101|
The most recent addition to the JMSDF inventory is the C-130R. The first of six refurbished former U.S. Marine Corps KC-130Rs replaced the last two YS-11s in December 2014.
(Photo: Japan Ministry of Defense)
A standard P-3C Orion from the Atsugi-based 3rd Fleet Air Squadron seen at JASDF Komaki.
On March 23, 2014, two JMSDF P-3Cs arrived in Perth, Australia, to assist international
efforts to locate a missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
(Above) Present during a J-HangarSpace visit to Iwakuni in 2012 was one of five 81st Fleet Air Squadron EP-3 aircraft. Easily identifiable by their three dorsal radomes, these aircraft perform electronic and signals intelligence (ELINT/SIGINT) gathering duties. (Below) Conveniently parked next to the EP-3 was one of the same unit’s five OP-3C image-gathering aircraft.
(Above) Having first flown on February 17, 1968, this YS-11M was still providing sterling service with the 61st Fleet Air Squadron early in 2013, a full 45 years later. The last two JMSDF examples were
flown for the last time, from Atsugi to Shimofusa, on December 26, 2014.
(Below) For liaison duties the 61st Fleet Air Squadron also operates this Raytheon (Beechcraft) LC-90 (based on the C90 King Air).
UNITS REPORTING DIRECT TO MARITIME STAFF OFFICE
|Ohminato Naval District||
Shipborne helicopters assigned from 21st/22nd Fleet Air Wing units listed above.
|Yokosuka Naval District|
|Maizuru Naval District|
|Kure Naval District|
|Sasebo Naval District|
|Air Training Command (HQ Shimofusa, Chiba Prefecture)|
|Shimofusa Naval Air Training Wing||203rd Naval Air Training Sqn||P-3C|
|Shimofusa Base Sqn||UH-60J|
Tokushima Naval Air Training Wing
|202nd Naval Air Training Sqn||TC-90|
|Tokushima Base Sqn||UH-60J|
Ozuki Naval Air Training Wing
|201st Naval Air Training Sqn||T-5|
|Ozuki Base Sqn||UH-60J|
|211th Naval Air Training Squadron||Kanoya, Kagoshima||SH-60J/K,
|3rd Technical School||Shimofusa, Chiba||–|
Note: JMSDF aviation units are often designated by U.S. Navy-style role abbreviations, e.g. VP- for patrol squadrons, and bear nicknames derived from their radio call signs.
The Hughes OH-6DA is one of three types operated by the 211th Naval Air Training Sqn. On Feb. 12, 2015, one of the five remaining aircraft came down in the densely forested mountainous area of Ebino, Miyazaki Prefecture; the crash tragically claimed the lives of all three crew members.
A trio of JMSDF destroyers is headed by the Aegis missile defence system-equipped Myoko; manouvering astern are the helicopter-carrying Hiei and the Amagiri. Launched in August 1973, the Hiei was decommissioned in March 2011. (Photo: JMSDF)