Monday, October 24, 2011

JMSDF Aircraft Decontamination

Lt. Cmdr. Akio Takahashi from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force is our next presenter. His presentation is on aircraft decontamination.

After the nuclear accident after the earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan earlier this year, the JMSDF P-3s were flown near the crippled nuclear plant. He discussed the areas of the aircraft that had to be inspected for radiation after the missions, which were extensive. After 65 monitoring flights, none of the aircraft exceeded the contamination limit.

After the tsunami, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain, and the US -- all P-3 operators -- provided significant support to Japan and Commander Takahashi thanked them all.

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