(31 Oct 2011)
1. Mid of the cockpit of P-3C Orion long range ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) aircraft; zoom into the ship under surveillance for training purposes
2. Close of the monitor showing the surveillance camera filming the ship
3. Mid of the US Naval officer operating the surveillance equipment
4. Close of hands operating the monitor
5. Close of US Naval officer
6. Close of naval officer pulling out a sonobuoy (an expendable sonar system that records sounds under water for ASW purposes)
7. Naval officer loading the sonobuoy to be dropped to the ocean
8. Close of the outlet of the sonobuoy
9. Wide of the sky and ocean underneath where the buoy was dropped, becoming a hydrophone which records sounds under water
10. SOUNDBITE (English) No name available, naval officer:
“I take that noise and I can send it up to the TACO (tactical command) and from that, the TACO can figure out what’s going on, what contacts it’s related to, etcetera.”
11. Naval personnel walking around the aircraft
12. Close of Japanese and American flags on a podium
13. Wide of US and Japan’s bilateral maritime commanders’ news conference
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Rear Admiral Sean S. Buck, Commander of Fleet Air Forward of the United States Navy:
“United States and I guess the rest of the world understands that the Chinese navy is a burgeoning navy, one of many here in the region. Our exercise working with the Japanese in this bilateral exercise is not directed toward anyone in particular. I think “Tomodachi” (“Friendship” in Japanese) probably provides the best example of that. Its purpose is to allow us to exercise together so that when we have to come together in any type of real world situation, it could be in the defence of Japan against an adversary or humanitarian or disaster relief response, that we will have learned how to operate together in any situation.”
15. Wide of US P-3C Orion surveillance plane
16. Mid of US Navy logo on the plane
17. Close of the propellers
18. Wide of the plane
The Japanese Self Defence Force and the US Navy have held a joint exercise using a P-3C Orion surveillance plane.
The plane uses ‘sonobuoy’ technology, an expendable sonar system that records sounds underwater for anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
By dropping buoys into the ocean to monitor sounds deep underwater, detailed information about submarine activity can be transmitted back to computers onboard the plane.
The training exercise, the first demonstration of the P-3C, was coordinated from the Atsugi airbase, the largest US Naval Air Facility in the Pacific Ocean.
Japan has become increasingly concerned about its coastal defence systems in response to China’s growing military capacity and assertiveness in the region.
Japan hosts about 50-thousand US troops under a post-World War II mutual security pact, and relies heavily on the US forces to counterbalance potential threats from China, Russia and North Korea.
Regular joint exercises between the two nations help bolster security in the region.
The bilateral maritime training exercises kicked off on Friday for a five-day operation.
Rear Admiral Sean S. Buck, a commander of the US Navy acknowledged the growing power of the Chinese military in the region but said these “friendly” exercises were not directed against China.
“Our exercise working with the Japanese in this bilateral exercise is not directed toward anyone in particular,” he said.
“Its purpose is to allow us to exercise together so that when we have to come together in any type of real world situation, it could be in the defence of Japan against an adversary or humanitarian or disaster relief response, that we will have learned how to operate together in any situation.”
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