The Kaijō Hoan-chō (JCG, Japan Coast Guard) will expand its helicopter fleet with two new Airbus H225s.
The JCG is the largest Super Puma operator in Japan and the new addition will bring this fleet to seventeen helicopters, comprising of two AS332Bs and fifteen H225s.
In February 2021, the JCG received their tenth H225. The first Super Puma was delivered to the JCG nearly thrity years ago. The latest H225 version is covered by Airbus’ highly adaptive HCare Smart full-by-the-hour material support. This customised fleet availability programme allows the Coast Guard agency to focus on its flight operations whilst Airbus manages its assets.
The JCG is one of the first semi military agencies Japan and was allowed to set up after the war. It was founded in 1948, as the Japan Maritime Safety Agency under the control of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Its English name changed to Japan Coast Guard in 2000.
The JCG is divided into eleven regions. Each region has its own Regional Coast Guard HQ and various CG Offices, CG Stations and CG Air Stations. Besides around 450 vessels, some of the larger ones are capable of helicopter operations, the JCG operates some seventy aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopters.
All are civil registered but also carry a unique code. Unfortunately, the code is no clue to the Region a specific aircraft is assigned to.
According to the Scramble Air Order of Battle for the Japan Coast Guard, the Super Pumas are based at the following locations:
3rd Region at Haneda Air Station at Tokio/Intl.
5th Region at Kansai Air Station at Kansai Intl. (Osaka)
and on board a number of JCG ships:
PLH-32/Akitsushima (3rd Region), PLH-31/Shikishima (10th Region), PLH-33/Reimei (10th Region), PLH-34/Akatsuki (10th Region), PLH-42/Shunko (10th Region)
AS332L1: JA6805/MH805 (c/n 2448) and JA6806/MH806 (c/n 2451)
EC225LP: JA687A/MH687 (c/n 2663), JA688A/MH688 (c/n 2670), JA689A/MH689 (c/n 2854), JA690A/MH690 (c/n 2883), JA691A/MH691 (c/n 2921), JA692A/MH692 (c/n 3015), JA693A/MH693 (c/n 3006), JA694A/MH694 (c/n 3011), JA695A/MH695 (c/n 3009) and JA696A/MH696 (c/n 3001)
Photos: Airbus and Chofu Spotter/Aria H Kanzaki, kindly provided by Planespotters.net