JMSDF conducted in multi-lateral trainig with the U.S., the U.K., Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand Navy
From October 2-3, JS ISE, JS KIRISHIMA and JS YAMAGIRI participated in a multi-lateral training with HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group, USS Carl Vinson Strike Group and USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in the waters southeast of Okinawa, enhanced our tactical skills and interoperability with the participating navies.
The Commander of Escort Flotilla 2, RADM KONNO Yasushige, stated that “In addition to the two carrier strike groups of the U.S. Navy, I feel very honored to be able to train with the Royal Navy's most advanced carrier strike group, which is an extremely valuable experience. This training, which brings together three CSG, embodies the strong will of the participating countries to realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, the JMSDF will work closely with allied and friendly navies, which share the same objectives, to respond to global challenges and defend maritime order based on the rule of law.”
The Commander of Carl Vinson CSG, RADM Dan Martin, stated that “This is Carl Vinson strike group's fourth exercise with allies and partners since entering 7th Fleet, and we have continued to improve our ability to conduct prompt and sustained operations at sea with a more mobile, agile and flexible force. Interoperability across air platforms, to include the addition of the Air Wing of the Future, is just one way we have integrated operations for enhanced lethality, readiness and maneuverability across our collective forces.”
The Commander of Ronald Reagan CSG, RADM Will Pennington, stated that “Adding the fantastic Vinson team to this potent force dynamically displays our capabilities across all domains, keeping us ready to respond to a range of maritime challenges.”
Also, the Commander of Queen Elizabeth CSG, RADM Steve Moorhouse, stated that “The UK Carrier Strike Group offers the largest 5th Generation air wing afloat today and working with our close allies to develop operating procedures and capabilities while concurrently showcasing the agility of land and carrier-based aviation in the Indo-Pacific demonstrates our commitment to the region.”
Despite COVID-19, the Self-Defense Fleet remains responsive and integrates with friendly and allied countries, safeguards the peace and security of Japan and contributes to support stability in the Indo-Pacific region.