From July 21 – 27th, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) sent three P-3C Orion’s to conduct training at 19 Wing, Comox. The 62 members from Japan were there to hone their skills in the role of Maritime Patrol (MP) while extending a friendly hand to understand each nations culture.
During the week long exercise, host squadron 407 MP Sqn and VP-3 from NAS Atsugi, Japan will study and understand how each nation performs tactics and employment of their equipment in the MP environment. These two nations will also train with the US Navy and their P-3C Orion’s during training missions at nearby Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental Test Range, an ideal body of ocean located between Vancouver Island and the mainland of B.C. that has the ability simulate submarines or other maritime threats with its sensors and equipment located within the underwater range.
The Japanese crews will also fly real world MP missions in the CP-140 Aurora’s, giving the Japanese crews a firsthand demonstration of how the Canadians perform their role during the demanding missions.
Commanding Officer from VP-3, Urata Hajime commented, “We have come to Comox to study the difference in operations of the Canadian Forces and the JMSDF. We will learn from each other and how we perform Maritime Patrol mission and overall flight safety procedures.” He continued, ”During the week we will deepen our friendship with the Canadian crews and create a lasting foundation for more training.”