JMSDF conducted Japan-U.S. Bilateral exercise with USN

From 28 February to 4 March, JS HYUGA and JS SHIRANUI from Escort Flotilla 1 and JGSDF Amphibious Rapid Deployment Bridge conducted a Japan-U.S. bilateral exercise with the USS Ralph Johnson Surface Action Group and 3rd Marine Division in the area from South of Kanto to North of Guam.
Commanding officer of Escort Flotilla1 (RADM NISHIYAMA Takahiro),who was in command of the Japanese side, said, “Through very practical exercise, we were able to enhance our tactical skills, joint operational skills with JGSDF, interoperability with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, strengthened our deterrent response capability based on the Japan-U.S. alliance.”
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to the defense of Japan and the stability of peace in the surrounding sea areas by improving joint operational capabilities against various contingencies through high-end bilateral exercise based on the strong Japan-U.S. alliance.