Tuesday, March 12, 2013

VIDEO: The ABC visits the JASDF F-15s at the frontline of island dispute

Click on thumbnail to watch the report on the ABC's website

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Mark Willacy visits the F-15s of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's 204th Hikotai as part of his report on the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyutai islands in the East China Sea.

As the sole JASDF fighter unit based at Naha in Okinawa, the 204th Hikotai (known in the report by its callsign, the White Eagle squadron) is geographically the closest JASDF fighter unit to the islands, which are administered by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan and have been the scene of numerous encounters (confrontations?) between vessels and aircraft from the claimant nations.

h/t to Kyle Mizokami over at Japan Security Watch

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