JS ATAGO conducted Japan- U.S. bilateral Exercise.

On March 18-19, JS ATAGO conducted a ballistic missile defense exercise with USS MILIUS in the Sea of Japan. The exercise was conducted to practice connecting networks between each Aegis warship and sharing information of ballistic missiles. Through the exercise, we improved our tactical capabilities and joint response capabilities.
North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches threaten the peace and security of Japan, East Asia, and the entire international society, which is unacceptable.
The exercise was conducted to promote bilateral cooperation to respond to regional security challenges amid the increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan, including North Korea’s ICBM launches. Additionally, the exercise demonstrated the collective commitment of Japan and the U.S. to safeguarding security and prosperity and bolstering the rules-based international order.
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains maximum readiness and contributes to the peace and the stability of the Indo-Pacific region and the international environment in cooperation with allied and like-minded navies. For the defense of Japan and the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, there can be no unilateral changes to the status quo by force.