JS HYUGA from Escort Flotilla 3 conducted a Japan-U.S. bilateral exercise
From January 17 to 22, JS HYUGA from Escort Flotilla 3 conducted a Japan-U.S. bilateral exercise around Okidaito Island.
Commanding officer of Escort Flotilla3 (RADM IKEUCHI Izuru), who was in command of the Japanese side, said “We could conduct a very practical encounter exercise with USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, USS America Expeditionary Strike Group and USS Essex Strike Group.
Through this exercise, we were able to enhance our tactical skills and interoperability with the U.S. Navy, strengthened our deterrent response capability based on the Japan-U.S. alliance.”
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to defense of Japan as well as maintaining peace and stability of the surrounding sea areas by enhancing U.S.-Japan bilateral operational capability to deal with various situations, through these high-end U.S.-Japan bilateral exercises, despite COVID-19.