The Commanders Respond: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Expanding strong relationships among maritime law-enforcement organizations is a new role given to navies. Although interaction between maritime law-enforcement organizations is limited, controlling “gray-zone” situations that are neither peacetime nor contingencies—without escalating tensions—is critically important in maritime security. The maritime law-enforcement organizations of our respective countries are encouraged to follow the exemplary and established navy-to-navy relationships.

Capacity building of regional naval forces is another important objective in maritime security. The virtual “chain” of cooperation in maritime security breaks at its weakest points. That is why the JMSDF will continue to work with other navies to support naval enhancement through hosting seminars and joint exercises. Establishing common rules such as CUES and sharing experiences in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and counter-piracy operations are examples of such capacity-building measures.

Just as the prosperity of the Mediterranean Sea in the 1st century was only possible because of secured maritime traffic, which allowed coastal countries to trade unencumbered, navies today are paramount for the growth of the Indo-Pacific.



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