JS SETOGIRI and P-3C maritime patrol aircraft participated in multi-lateral training with the Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group, HNLMS and USS
From July 11-12, JS SETOGIRI and P-3C maritime patrol aircraft participated in a multi-lateral training with the Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group, HNLMS Evertsen and USS The Sullivans, enhanced tactical skills and interoperability between participating navies.
The Commander of JS SETOGIRI, CDR SATO Shinya, stated that “We are proud to have been able to conduct multi-lateral exercise with the Royal Navy, the U.S. Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy, all of which have a deep historical relationship with Japan and are important partner countries. Working together in the Indian Ocean, which is Japan's main sea line of communication, was a very meaningful opportunity for us to address global issues. JS SETOGIRI will engage all our energy in counter piracy missions to protect maritime order based on the rule of law.”
Despite COVID-19, the Self-Defense Fleet remains responsive and integrates with friendly and allied countries in order to realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, contributes to support stability in the Indo-Pacific region.