Monitoring and surveillance activities by Australia against illicit maritime activities including ship-to-ship transfers
April 26, 2019
1. Australia has decided to engage in monitoring and surveillance activities for the fourth time since last year by aircraft against illicit maritime activities, including ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean-flagged vessels prohibited by UNSCRs, based in Kadena Air Base subject to UN SOFA, from the beginning of May. In addition to that, Australian Navy frigate MELBOURNE will engage in monitoring and surveillance activities for the second time since last year in waters surrounding Japan including the East China Sea from the beginning of May.
2. Japan welcomes these activities from the viewpoint of ensuring effective implementation of the relevant UNSCRs while maintaining the solidarity of international community for the realization of North Korea’s dismantlement of all WMD and ballistic missiles of all ranges in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.
3. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard are also conducting information gathering activities for vessels suspected to be in the violation of UNSCRs, and Japan will work closely with related countries.
(1) Patrol Aircraft
Partner countries, in addition to the U.S., have engaged in monitoring and surveillance activities based in Kadena Air Base by aircraft.
- Australia (from the end of April 2018 for a month, from the middle of September 2018 for a month and a half, from the beginning of December 2018 for a week)
- Canada (from the end of April 2018 for a month, from the middle of September 2018 for a month and a half)
- New Zealand (from the middle of September 2018 for a month and a half)
- France (from the middle of March 2019 for three weeks)
(2) Naval vessels
Naval vessels of partner countries have engaged in monitoring and surveillance activities in waters surrounding Japan including the East China Sea.
the U.S. : multiple naval vessels the U.K. : British Royal Navy Frigate SUTHERLAND(the middle of May 2018) British Royal Navy Flagship ALBION (from the middle of May to the beginning of June 2018) British Royal Navy Frigate ARGYLL (the middle of December 2018 and the beginning of January 2019) British Royal Navy Frigate MONTROSE (from the end of February to the beginning of March 2019) Canada : Royal Canadian Navy frigate CALGARY (the beginning and the end of October 2018) : Naval Replenishment Unit ASTÉRIX (from the beginning to the end of October 2018) Australia : Royal Australian Navy frigate MELBOURNE (the beginning of October 2018) France : French Navy frigate Vendémiaire (in operation)