Self-Defense Fleet participated a Japan-U.S. Bilateral / Joint exercise KEEN SWORD 23

From November 10 to 19, the Self-Defense Fleet participated in the Japan-U.S. Bilateral Exercise KEEN SWORD23. This is the largest scale exercise of the year and is conducted approximately once every two years by the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
In this exercise, the Self-Defense Fleet, together with the Ground and Air Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. Forces, trained to carry out integrated and joint operations in anti-ship attacks, amphibious operations, special operations, etc., in close cooperation, assuming a series of situations from the gray zone to an armed attack situation. In addition, by combining new areas such as cyber and electromagnetic waves with conventional areas, more realistic and realistic training was conducted.
The Self-Defense Fleet also dispatched the Command of Escort Flotilla 4th (Commander: RADM HIRATA Toshiyuki) to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during the period of the exercise to strengthen the cooperative posture of the fleet. Furthermore, VADM YUASA Hideki, Commander in Chief, Self Defense Fleet, together with VADM Karl Thomas, Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, inspected the aircraft carrier during its participation in the exercise and confirmed that the joint response capability of the Japanese and U.S. naval species is fully capable. In this way, the Self-Defense Fleet, together with the U.S. 7th Fleet, closely communicated with the U.S. Navy, from the fleet commander level down to the general officers and sailors in the field, and rehearsed joint response procedures to improve the readiness and interoperability of the Japanese and U.S. naval types, and to strengthen the deterrent and response capabilities of the Japan-U.S. alliance. The Self-Defense Fleet has been contributing to the strengthening of the Japan-U.S. alliance's deterrence and response capabilities.
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains responsiveness, safeguards the peace and defense of Japan, continues to integrate with allied and comrade navies, defends maritime order based on the rule of law, and contributes to the stability in the Indo-Pacific region in order to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”