Djibouti Naval Base, a strategic fulcrum in the Indian Ocean

October 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – From October 8 to 16, 2020, the Djibouti Naval Base (BN) simultaneously hosted two military buildings for a technical stopover, initially scheduled for an operational break for one day. At the crossroads of the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula via the Strait of Bab-el Mandeb, the BN of Djibouti’s main mission is…

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Japan-EU Joint Port Call in Djibouti

October 16, 2020 (Google Translation) – October 15, engaged in anti-piracy activities the European Union Naval Force (Somalia – Operation Atalanta) naval vessels and patrol aircraft and the Maritime Self-Defense Force escort ship “big wave” is jointly call at Djibouti. The nearest Port October 5-6 days the date that has been conducted in off the coast of Somalia Gulf of…

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USS John S McCain Trains With JMSDF Escort Flotilla Two

October 13, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla 2 during integrated operations in the South China Sea beginning Oct. 12. U.S. Naval forces routinely operate alongside regional allies and partners to strengthen our shared commitments to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. This integration coincides with the 245th…

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JMSDF/USN Exercise Keen Sword

September 25, 2020 – Units from the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and U.S. military will conduct exercise Keen Sword beginning Oct. 26, 2020. Keen Sword is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises since 1986 designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of the JSDF and U.S. forces. During this year’s iteration, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s…

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U.S., Japan Build on 60 Years of Regional Cooperation

August, 18, 2020 – The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group joined Japan’s Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) to conduct joint integrated operations in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 15, as part of ongoing shared commitments to regional stability through cooperation. Symbolizing the strength of the two nation’s 60-year alliance, the cooperation between forward-deployed naval and air forces, and the…

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JMSDF Monitors Passage of Russian Ships

August 12, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, August 5th, around 11:00 am, “Hayabusa” (Mai Tsuru), the third missile fleet “Shirataka” (Sasebo) and the fourth aviation group “P-1” (Atsugi) moves southwest about 90 km northeast of Kamitsushima to the southwest. Two destroyers and one Boris-Chilikin-class supply ship were confirmed, for a total of three ships. After that, these ships sailed…

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US Navy, JMSDF Complete Exercise 2JA

July 29, 2020 – Mine warfare forces from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX) 2JA 2020 in Mutsu Bay, Japan, July 23. “This year’s MIWEX 2JA was another rewarding exercise with our Japanese partners,” said Capt. Derek Brady, Commodore of Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven. “The dedication of all who were involved was…

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DSCA Approves 105 Joint Strike Fighters for Japan

July 9, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of one hundred five (105) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23.11 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government…

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JMSDF & USN Joint MCM Training in Mutsu Bay

(Google Translation) Reiwa 2nd year Mine warfare training (Mutsu Bay) and minesweeping special training (Japan-US joint training The Maritime Self-Defense Force will conduct the following mine warfare training (Mutsu Bay) and minesweeping special training (Japan-US joint training). I will carry it out. 1 Purpose (1) Maintain and improve the ability of the JMSDF to combat mines (2) Further strengthening cooperation…

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Spain and Japan Joint PASSEX in the Gulf of Aden

June 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – On the morning of Sunday, June 21, the destroyer of the JSMF (Maritime Self-Defense Forces of Japan) “Ohnami” and the frigate “Santa María” met in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and carried out training exercises for the benefit of both units including evolutionary maneuvers, real shooting exercises, communications and flight. The JMSF…

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