Japan-France bilateral exercise

 On May 4, JMSDF Masyu conducted a bilateral exercise with French Navy Frigate Surcouf in the waters around Okinawa. In this exercise, JMSDF simulated a series of procedures of fuel replenishment from JMSDF supply ship to French ship.

 Fuel replenishment and amphibious operations are of importance to defend remote islands. Through these exercises, JMSDF and FN will enhance interoperability, as well as show the commitment of France to the Indo-Pacific region and Japan’s resolution on island defense.