The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2023 (IPD23), 1st Surface Unit (JS IZUMO, JS SHIRANUI, JS SAMIDARE) departed from Japan.

On 31 May, the First Surface Unit of the Indo-Pacific Deployment 2023 (IPD23), JS IZUMO departed from Yokosuka Base.
The First Surface Unit JS SIRANUI also departed from Ominato Base on 15 May and started a part of their mission. In addition, JS SAMIDARE departed from Kure Base on 1 June. The First Surface Unit of the IPD23 is designed to conduct combined exercises with each navy in the Indo Pacific region including the U.S., Australian, and Indian Navies and make port calls in coastal nations to deepen mutual understanding and goodwill relationship with them through various exchange programs.
On the departure, Commander in Chief of Self Defense Fleet, Vice Admiral SAITO Akira said, “This deployment was established to contribute to the realization of a ‘Free and Open Indo Pacific’which our country is promoting. Under the severe security environment, this deployment is required to show our country’s strong determination not to accept any attempts to change the status quo by force and our strong ties with like-minded nations. Each of you needs to participate in various exercises and programs being responsible for representing Japan. I hope that each and every one of you will devote your energy to accomplishing the mission and return to Japan safely.”
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region, not only for the defense of Japan but also for the realization of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ in cooperation with allied and like-minded navies.