Japan’s Ministry of Defense said that the Maritime Self-Defense Force confirmed seeing a Russian naval intelligence collection ship near the Soya Strait at about 5 a.m. on May 18.
The ship sailed eastward in the waters about 120 kilometers west of Cape Soya, Hokkaido, then passed through the Soya Strait.
The report also said that Japan dispatched a Falcon-type missile bo at Wakahawk for tracking and monitoring.
The Wakahawk boat belongs to the First Missile Speedboat Team of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, and the anti-submarine patrol aircraft P-3C belongs to the Second Aviation Group.
Supervision Department of Japan’s Ministry of Defense also said that they saw two Chinese H-6 bombers fly over the Miyako Strait the same morning.
The report added that the Chinese bombers flew from the East China Sea across the Miyako Strait toward the Pacific Ocean and returned to the East China Sea by flying over Miyako Strait.
According to Japan’s Fuji News Network, Japan was nervous since they assumed the Chinese bomber carried the missiles while flying over their region.
Therefore, Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter jets immediately took off to monitor the Chinese bombers.
The report also mentioned that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army PLA aircraft carrier Liaoning 辽宁 made more than 200 take-offs and landings in the waters off Okinawa Prefecture from May 3 to 15.
However, there is no information about the PLA aircraft carrier during the flight of the PLA military aircraft over the Miyako Strait or whether the two sides have conducted further joint exercises.
Regarding Japan’s high-level attention to the Liaoning ship, some military experts said it is expected when the Chinese naval vessels train in their offshore waters since China and Japan are neighbors.
Even the United States sends more than 10,000 kilometers of aircraft carriers to train in the Western Pacific and stationed in Japan.