JS ATAGO conducted Japan- U.S.-ROK trilateral Exercise.

April 16-17, JS ATAGO conducted JAPAN-U.S.-ROK trilateral Ballistic Missile Defense exercise with USS BENFOLD, and ROKS YULGOK YI YI in the Sea of Japan.
The exercise was conducted to practice connecting networks among each Aegis warships and sharing information of ballistic missiles. Through the exercise, we improved our tactical capabilities and joint response capabilities for ballistic missiles.
Repeated ballistic missile launches, including ICBM by North Korea, seriously threaten peace and security of Japan, East Asia, and the international community,which is not acceptable.
The exercise is to protect shared security and prosperity, bolster rules-based international order, and demonstrate strong intention of three countries to commit to promote further trilateral cooperation and interoperability so as to respond to regional security challenges amid an increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan.
Self-Defense Fleet maintains maximum readiness not only for the defense of Japan, but also to contribute to peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region, working with allied and like-minded navies to maintain rules-based maritime order.