JS KIRISAME conducted a Japan-U.S. bilateral exercise “NOBLE FUSION”

From October 19 to 21, Second Surface Unit of the Indo-Pacific Deployment 2022  (IPD22) , JS KIRISAME conducted the bilateral exercise “NOBLE FUSION” with USS OAKLAND in the South China Sea.
The Commanding Officer of JS KIRISAME, CDR SAKATA Atsushi said, “In this bilateral exercise, we improved our tactical capabilities and interoperability with the U.S. Navy. Since departing Japan, JS KIRISAME conducted 16 exercises and conducted port calls in 10 countries, mainly Pacific Island countries, over a period of about four months. We deepened our friendship, goodwill, defense cooperation, and mutual understanding with the countries of the Indo-Pacific Islands. Through IPD22, we were able to embody Japan's strong will not to allow unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force and demonstrate Japan's strong determination to ensure the safety of maritime traffic in the region, thereby contributing to the prosperity of the international community.”
The Self-Defense Fleet has been working together with the U.S. Navy from day to day to maintain and strengthen its ability to bilaterally respond to various contingencies and work closely with our ally to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.” The Self-Defense Fleet also upholds a law-based maritime order, addresses global challenges, and contributes to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.