The Self Defense Fleet conducted a petty officers exchange with the U.S. 7th Fleet.

Command Master Chief of Self Defense Fleet, Chief Petty Officer SHIMIZU Ken conducted a Japan-U.S. petty officers exchange with Command Master Chief of the U.S. 7th Fleet, Chief Petty Officer Daniel Field.
The exchange event was attended by petty officers of the Self Defense Fleet and those who were selected as candidates for the 2024 U.S. 7th Fleet Sailer of the Year as well as visited petty officers of the Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Singapore Navies as observers. They visited JS IZUMO and USS HIGGINS and toured a bombproof shelter of the Imperial Japanese Navy which is still preserved at Yokosuka Naval Base. Through the exchange event, they promoted mutual understanding and further deepened a relationship of trust.
Command Master Chief of the JMSDF, Chief Petty Officer KITAGUCHI Takeshi participated in the exchange event as a guest, saying, “Each unit of the JMSDF and the U.S. Navy has been strengthening their relationship by always working together at sea. In addition, individual petty officers and soldiers who are the motive power of each unit have been deepening their cooperation and friendship through this kind of exchange event. It is such cooperation that lies at the core of our ever-stronger relationship.”
The Self Defense Fleet puts all our efforts to defend Japan in support of the Japan-U.S. Alliance by working closely with the U.S. 7th Fleet from the Commander to the petty officers and seamen levels in peacetime as well as contributes to peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region for the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" in cooperation with allied and like-minded navies.