IPD21 force conducted joint training with the USS Carl Vinson Carrer Strike Group
October 29 to November 3, IPD21 unit JS KAGA and JS MURASAME conducted joint training with the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea. From the U.S. Navy, USS Carl Vinson, USS Lake Champlain, USS Shiloh and USS Milius participated in this training, we enhanced our tactical skills and interoperability between the JMSDF and the U.S. Navy.
On October 30, Commander of Carrier Strike Group 1, RADM Daniel Martin, came from USS Carl Vinson to JS KAGA for a meeting with Commander of Escort Flotilla 3, RADM IKEUCHI Izuru. During the meeting, the two commanders discussed the significance of the joint activities of Japanese and the U.S. naval forces in the South China Sea. As symbolized by this joint training, the relationship between the JMSDF and the U.S. Navy is stronger than ever and contributes to strengthening the deterrence and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance. We agreed that we will continue our activities to defend maritime order based on the rule of law at every chance to realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
Despite COVID-19, the Self-Defense Fleet remains responsive and integrates with the U.S. Navy, safeguards the peace and security of Japan, and contributes to support stability in the Indo-Pacific region.