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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JMSDF Shadows Liaoning Task Group

April 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – On April 28th (Tuesday), around 9 am, “Kongo” belonging to the JMSDF 5th Guard (Sase Tamotsu), 12th Escort Corps “Umigiri” (Kure) and 5th Aviation Group Affiliation “P-3C” (Na (Hachi) is the Kuznetsov-class air of the Chinese Navy moving northwest in an area about 80 km southeast of Miyakojima. Mother “Liaoning” 1 ship, Lu Yang…

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JS Akebono Conducts Joint Maneuvers With USS America

April 12, 2020 USS America (LHA 6), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit joined Murasame class destroyer JS Akebono (DD 108) for a series of collaborative events while sailing in the Philippine Sea and East China Sea, April 9-11. Operating together for the first time, America and Akebono conducted bilateral communications exercises and division tactics designed to enhance interoperability…

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JMSDF Shadows Type 054A Binzhou

March 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, March 24, around 4:30 pm, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s 3rd Missile Fleet, “Ota (“Sasebo”) travels northeast in a sea area about 150 km southwest of Shimo-Tsumima. One class frigate was identified as Type 054A Binzhou. Later, the ship sailed north through the Tsushima Strait and temporarily entered the Sea of Japan.…

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US & Japan Participate in Resilient Shield 2020

February 21, 2020 – U.S. and Japan Armed Forces will be participating in Resilient Shield 2020 starting Feb. 24, at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, and other command centers throughout the region. Resilient Shield is an annual computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise focused on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), designed to test U.S. Naval tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs)…

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