JS KONGO conducted a Japan-U.S. bilateral exercise (SWATT24).

JS KONGO conducted a Japan-U.S. bilateral exercise (SWATT24: Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training 2024) with USS AMERICA, USS DEWEY, USS HIGGINS, USS HOWARD, USS RALPH JOHNSON, USNS YUKON and SS in waters from Yokosuka to the east of Okinawa.
The Commanding Officer of JS KONGO, CAPT KAWAI Gen, said, “The JMSDF began participating in this exercise last year, and it is attracting attention as one of the newest endeavors in the historic Japan-U.S. alliance. JS KONGO has confirmed the strong Japan-U.S. collaboration and improved tactical capabilities and interoperability between the JMSDF and the U.S. Navy through practical exercises such as missile firing, which are more high-end than those in recent years. Although the security environment surrounding Japan is becoming increasingly severe day by day, we will continue to pursue missions at hand and contribute to the stability of Japan and the Indo-Pacific region.”
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.