List of Japan Coast Guard vessels and aircraft

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List of Japan Coast Guard vessels and aircraft.


PLH (Patrol Vessel Large With Helicopter)[edit]

PLH 31 berthed in Kawasaki shiyard
  • 2 Helicopter class
  • 1 Helicopter class
    • Tsugaru class
      • Ryūkyū class (Refine Tsugaru class)
    • Soya

Note: As of March 5th 2013, it was being reported that the Japanese government were considering the transfer of four small destroyers [frigates] (later confirmed to be of the Hatsuyuki class) from the MSDF to the JCG, in light of the extreme strains on the latter's resources due to current events. Of the four, one has already been decommissioned (in March 2013), with the other three to decommission over the course of FY2013. If the transfer goes ahead, the four vessels will likely be modified to JCG requirements (e.g. removal of the Harpoon launchers) and redesignated as PLHs.

PL 31 berthed in Yokohama harbour

PL (Patrol Vessel Large)[edit]

Training Role[edit]

  • 3000t class
    • Miura
    • Kojima
    • Okoyama

PM (Patrol Vessel Medium)[edit]

  • 500t class
    • Teshio (2nd)
    • Teshio class (Natsui class)
  • 350t class
    • Tokara class
    • Amami class
    • Takatori class

PS (Patrol Vessel Small)[edit]

  • 220t class
  • 180t class
    • Bizan class (Raizan class)
    • Mihashi class (Shinzan class)
  • 130t class
    • Takatsuki class

PC (Patrol Craft)[edit]

  • 35m class
    • Yodo class
    • Hamagumo class
    • Matsunami
    • Hayanami class
  • 30m class
    • Kagayuki class (Hayagumo class)
    • Asogiri class
    • Murakumo class
  • 23m class
    • Kotonami class
    • Natsugiri class
    • Shimagiri class
    • Akizuki class

CL (Craft Large)[edit]

  • 20m class
    • Suzukaze class (Himegiku class)
    • Hayagiku class
    • Shiraume class
  • 15m class
    • Nadakaze class
    • Isokaze class

FL (Fire fighting boat Large)[edit]

  • Hiryū class (2nd)
  • Hiryū class (1st)

FM (Fire fighting boat Medium)[edit]

  • Nunobiki class

GS (Guard Boat Small)[edit]

  • Sagittarius class (Hayate class 2nd)
  • Hayate class

SS (Surveillance Service Small)[edit]

  • Lynx class
  • Polar star class
  • Orion class (2nd)
  • Southern Cross class (Polaris class)
  • Orion class (1st)

MS (Monitoring Boat Small)[edit]

  • Katsuren
  • Saikai
  • Kinugasa

HL (Hydrographic Survey Vessel Large)[edit]

  • Shouyou
  • Meiyou class
  • Takuyou

HS (Hydrographic Survey Vessel Small)[edit]

  • Zinbei
  • Hamashio class

LM (Light-House Service Vessel Medium)[edit]

  • Hakuun class

LS (Light-House Service Vessel Small)[edit]

  • Akihikari class
  • Hatsuhikari class

TV (Training Vessel)[edit]

  • CI class
  • Aoba class

Aircraft Inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service[1] Notes
Beechcraft Super King Air  United States patrol
King Air 200T
King Air 350
Bombardier Dash 8  Canada maritime surveillance DHC-8-315 8
Cessna 206 Stationair  United States utility U206G 1
Dassault Falcon 900  France maritime surveillance, search and rescue 2
Gulfstream V  United States VIP transport 2
Saab 340  Sweden transport SF 340B 4
AgustaWestland AW139  Italy SAR AW139 14 10 ordered
Bell 206 JetRanger  United States utility helicopter 206B 3
Bell 212 Twin Huey  United States transport helicopter 16
Bell 412  United States transport helicopter 5
Eurocopter Super Puma  France SAR AS 332L1 3
Eurocopter EC225  France SAR EC 225 2 [2]
Sikorsky S-76  United States SAR S-76C

11 ordered


  1. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.
  2. ^ EADS Press Release - Eurocopter Succeeds With EC 225 In Open Japanese Competition