Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022 (IPD22) force departed from Japan

June 13, the Escort Flotilla 4 as the Indo-Pacific Deployment Force, composed of JS IZUMO and JS TAKANAMI, departed from Yokosuka base.
Upon the departure of IPD22, Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet, JMSDF, VADM YUASA Hideki said, ”Based on the rule of law that Japan is promoting, this mission is to promote maritime order in the Indo-Pacific region, which is rapidly becoming more complex and unstable. This mission also has an extremely important significance as it demonstrates Japan's strong will to “not allow any attempt to unilaterally change the status by force” and to show the world its strong determination to ensure the safety of maritime traffic in the region and thereby contribute to the prosperity of the international community. I hope that each and every one of you will take up the challenge with a high sense of mission and a flexible mindset, and achieve great results.”
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region not only for the defense of Japan but also for the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” in cooperation with allied and friendly navies.