SSCS/SSAL pirate operations report the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) operated 140 metre MS Shirase AGB 5003 a JMSDF manned icebreaker has arrived at the location of the JWF. She is equipped with three (3) large helicopters which are weapons capable.
It is clear that after the insanity of actions by the SSCS/SSAL pirate fleet the Japanese have finally decided that a strong response is needed. Any further vessel ramming and one would suspect the SSCS/SSAL pirate vessels will come off second best.
NAUTICAL LOG believes this is the type of action that the Australian Government, which claims these Waters as part of its Sea Territory, should have taken. Now the Japanese have established military control in International Waters under International Maritime Law in defense of piracy on the High Seas. Further utilising JMSDF Boarding Teams they can easily detain Paul Watson under the terms of the Interpol Red Notice issued for his bail jumping in Germany and may well do so.