IPD21 force conducted bilateral exercise with the French Navy and made a port call in Noumea, New Caledonia

September 17, IPD21 unit JS SHIRANUI conducted bilateral exercise with French Navy aircraft in the waters around New Caledonia. After the exercise, JS SHIRANUI made a port call in Noumea, French New Caledonia from 18 to 19.
France has overseas territories in the Indian Ocean and Pacific island regions, and shares the same aspiration of realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. Through bilateral exercise with the French Navy, we enhance our tactical skills and cooperation with the French Navy, and deepen the defense cooperation relationship.
Despite COVID-19, The Self-Defense Fleet makes full use of the characteristics of the naval force, flexibility and mobility, in order to realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, promotes cooperative relationship with friendly countries, and contributes to support stability in the Indo-Pacific region.