The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2023 (IPD23), 1st Surface Unit, JS IZUMO made a port call at Darwin, Australia and completed the ship rider program from ASEAN and Pacific Island countries.

From August 13 to 15, the 1st Surface Unit of the Indo-Pacific deployment 2023 (IPD23), JS IZUMO made a port call at Darwin, Australia and conducted various exchange events, including a courtesy visit to CAPT MOSES RAUDINO, COMMANDING OFFICER HMAS COONAWARRA.
The commanding officer of JS IZUMO CAPT JO Takemasa said, "We have completed ship rider program from ASEAN and Pacific Island countries, at our port of call. During this program, we conducted a seminar on international maritime law, boarded a SH-60K patrol helicopter, conducted a seminar on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR), and exchanged opinions, etc., in an effort to share awareness, support capacity building, and promote mutual understanding and human network building concerning maritime security based on the "rule of law". We believe that we were able to contribute to regional stability through these activities. The JMSDF will continue to engage in dialogue and cooperation with Southeast Asian countries and Pacific island countries to address security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, with the aim of realizing a FOIP”.
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region and the international community, not only for the defense of Japan but also for the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” security environment that does not tolerate any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in cooperation with allied and like-minded navies.