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In 2011, the ship supported Operation Tomodachi to provide relief to Japanese citizens affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and this year, joined Japan-led search operations for a missing Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35.
"Huge thank you to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force search and rescue team out of Naha Air Base this morning.
However, the observers said secondhand Lockheed Martin P-3C Orions from Japan could be an alternative as the Japan Air Self-Defense Force is replacing it with the Kawasaki Heavy Industries P-1.
Caption: Japan Air Self-Defense Force personnel study the F-35B Lightning II during an educational tour and class led by Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.
- Exhibition from Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency & a PR exhibition from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force
From there the fighter prototype is expected to fly to Gifu Air Field, an airbase of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, situated in the neighboring prefecture of Gifu sometime in February.
For the first time in the 63-year history of Operation Christmas Drop, the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan, has two partners in support personnel from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force in delivering donated goods to more than 56 of the Pacific's most remote and populated islands.
The upgrades will allow the Japan Air Self-Defense Force to boost its air and maritime forces.
"The training is not against a specific country, like China," Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt.
Masayuki Hironaka of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, said, ''Our troops have had good experiences in joining with other forces involved in peacekeeping operations, humanitarian assistance, and medical assistance.''
Radars of this type are still a rarity, being in service on only five types of fighter--the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor, the US Air Force's Lockheed Martin F-16E/F Desert Falcon used by the United Arab Emirates, the US Navy's Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, a small number of US Air Force Boeing F-15Cs that have been retrofitted with the (V)2 variant of the Raytheon AN/APG-63 and the Mitsubishi F-2 fighters of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
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