JS SAZANAMI conducted a Japan-U.S.-Australia trilateral Exercise.

On October 23, the 47th Deployment Surface Force for Counter Piracy Enforcement (DSPE) Unit, JS SAZANAMI conducted a Japan-U.S.-Australia trilateral exercise in the South China Sea with the U.S. Navy USS JOHN FINN, USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS and the Royal Australian Navy HMAS WARRAMUNGA.
The Commanding Officer of JS SAZANAMI, Commander BAN Masayuki said, “Japan, U.S. and Australia are maritime nations with long coastlines in the Pacific Ocean, and are like-minded nations that seek to maintain an international order based on the rule of law in order to realize a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. We believe that through this trilateral exercise, we were able to improve our tactical capabilities and strengthen cooperation with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Navy, as well as embody their strong will and ability to create a security environment that does not tolerate unilateral changes to the status quo by force. We will engage in our upcoming missions while maintaining a posture to respond swiftly to any contingency.”
The Self Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to the 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.