China flies reconnaissance aircraft near Japanese island as Japan Air Defense intercepts

A Chinese Y-9 intelligence-gathering aircraft photographed near Okinawa, Japan, on Nov. 14, 2022. (Japan Ministry of Defense)

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Japan scrambles fighters for Chinese aircraft near Okinawa
  • The Japan Air Self-Defense Force intercepted a BZK-005 high-altitude reconnaissance drone, a Y-9 intelligence-gathering aircraft and a Y-9 patrol aircraft that flew between Okinawa and Miyako Island
  • Japanese authorities cannot be certain, but the Chinese aircraft may have been “gathering information” on the Keen Sword 23 exercise underway across Japan, including the area surrounding Okinawa and the Ryuku, also called the Nansei, islands, the Joint Staff spokesman said.
  • Keen Sword is a series of field training exercises by the Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Space Force. A regular event since 1986
  • “We are conducting this drill to get ready for any situation,” the spokesman told Stars and Stripes by phone Friday.

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