The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2023 (IPD23) units conducted a quadrilateral exercise among the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Philippine Navy.
On 24 August, JS IZUMO and JS SAMIDARE from the First Surface Unit of the Indo-Pacific Deployment 2023 (IPD23) conducted a quadrilateral exercise among the U.S. Navy USS MOBILE, the Royal Australian Navy HMAS CANBERRA and frigate HMAS ANZAC, the Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning and the Philippine Navy BRP DAVAO DEL SUR in vicinity of Manila. Through the exercise, the unit improved its tactical capabilities and strengthened the cooperation with the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Philippine Navy.
The Commander of the First Surface Unit of the IPD23, Commander of Escort Flotilla 1, Rear Admiral NISHIYAMA Takahiro said, “The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) shares fundamental principals with the Free and Open Indo-pacific (FOIP), and Japan agrees with it. The JMSDF will strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance to deter and counter threats, further improvement of interoperability with the Royal Australian Navy, and improve bilateral defense cooperation with the Philippine Navy for regional peace and stability and the maintenance of maritime order.”
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region and the international community in cooperation with allied and like-minded navies, not only for the defense of Japan, but also for the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and a security environment that does not tolerate any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force.