JS ASAHI conducted a Japan-U.S.-ROK trilateral exercise

On September 30, the JS ASAHI conducted a Japan-U.S.-ROK trilateral exercise in the Sea of Japan with U.S. Navy RONALD REAGAN Carrier Strike Group and the ROK Navy ROKS MUN MU DAEWANG.
Commander IKEDA Tadashi, commanding officer of the JS ASAHI said, “Through this exercise, my ship was able to improve our tactical capabilities on anti-submarine warfare and strengthen cooperation with the U.S. Navy and the ROK Navy. In order to address the various security challenges posed by North Korea, it is extremely important that Japan, U.S. and ROK to work closely together while seizing opportunities similar to this exercise.”
This exercise demonstrates the commitment of Japan, the U.S. and the ROK to furthering trilateral cooperation to respond to regional security challenges, protecting shared security and prosperity, and bolstering the rules based international order.
The JMSDF works together with the U.S. Navy on a continuous bases to maintain and strengthen bilateral response capabilities against various contingencies, and works in close cooperation with allied and friendly countries toward the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to the defense of Japan based on the deterrence and response capabilities of the strong Japan-U.S. alliance, and to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.