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

During 3-4 April 2023, JS UMIGIRI conducted trilateral exercise with the U.S. Navy and the ROK Navy in the East China Sea. USS NIMIZ, USS DECATUR and USS WAYNE E. MEYER from the U.S. Navy, ROKS CHOI YOUNG, ROKS DAE JOYEONG, ROKS YULGOK YI I and ROKS SOYANG from the ROK Navy participated in the exercise.
The Commander of Escort Division 6, CAPT YOKOYAMA Shigeki, led the Japanese unit and said, “In the exercise, a tactical drill such as ASW was carried out to improve our tactical capabilities, interoperability with the U.S. Navy and strengthen the cooperation with the ROK Navy. The exercise also enabled the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" and embodied the united will of the Japan – U.S. – ROK.”
RADM Christopher Sweeney, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11 said, “The U.S., Japan, and ROK are three maritime nations who share a vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific by working together to develop mutual trust, partnership, and capability. Participation in exercises like these are a tangible symbol of a shared goal in ensuring regional stability and economic well-being for all nations.”
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains maximum readiness and contributes to the peace and the stability of the Indo-Pacific region and the international community in cooperation with allied and like-minded navies. It is for the defense of Japan and the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” where we strongly oppose any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force.