USS Mustin arrives for port visit in Guam

USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit March 14 after the conclusion of MultiSail 18. “We had the great opportunity to participate in MultiSail with our JMSDF (Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force) partners and every year our team gets better,” said Cmdr. William Smith, Mustin’s commanding officer. “After five days at sea the crew is ready for some rest and relaxation in beautiful Guam, our home away from home.” Mustin Sailors are able to enjoy a range of experiences while in Guam to include visiting historic…

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Carl Vinson Begins Bilateral Exercise with Japan

The Carl Vinson Strike Group began a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 11, during a regularly scheduled deployment in the Western Pacific. Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) are conducting combined operations with Japanese destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) to enhance maritime interoperability between longstanding allies. “Strong maritime partnerships maintain security, stability and prosperity, which the Indo-Pacific region has enjoyed for more than 70 years,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. “Collaborating with…

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US & Japan Conduct Resilient Shield 2018

Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, along with Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, U.S. Air Force assets, and units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), will participate in Resilient Shield 2018, Feb. 16-23. Resilient Shield is an annual computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise held at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, and other command centers throughout the region. “Resilient Shield is designed to test our tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) against potential regional threats while ensuring Japanese and U.S. forces are well-rehearsed in executing…

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Suspicion of illegal transshipment of offshore goods by North Korean vessels

Google Translation The P-3C (Kanoya) belonging to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force 1st Aeronautics Unit in the early February 13th this year, the North Korean flagged tanker “Rye Song Gang No. 1” and the Belize flag shipping tanker “Wan Heng No. 11” , I confirmed that I am sticking at the offshore sea of ​​the East China Sea (offshore of 250 km east of Shanghai). 2. As a result of comprehensive judgment by the government, we came to realize that it is strongly suspected that both vessels were conducting a lawsuit…

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On the trends of submarine submarines and Chinese naval vessels (1st report)

Google Translation On Wednesday, January 10 (Wednesday afternoon), the Maritime Self-Defense Force Episode 6 escort ship “Oonami” (Yokosuka) and the fifth flight group affiliation “P-3C” (Naha) are connecting waters in the east-northeast of Miyakojima (Okinawa Prefecture) I confirmed a submarine to go north west. After that, the submarine continued northwestward, and went out of the connected waters of the northern northeast of Miyakojima in the morning of January 11 (Thursday), into the East China Sea. Furthermore, the submarine confirmed that it entered Japan’s connected watershed in the morning of January…

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DPRK lashes out at Japan for joining military drill with US

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday lashed out at Japan for strengthening military cooperation with the United States, calling it an anti-DPRK move. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had vowed that Japan would “keep itself on a high alert based on the firm Japan-U.S. alliance” after the DPRK test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile late last month. Accusing Tokyo of “building public opinion, reversing black and white,” the commentary said Japan “is motivated by the cunning calculation…

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US-Japan Complete 3JA Exercise

USS Chief (MCM 14), Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 7 staff, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) Detachment 2A, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) units successfully completed exercise 3JA Nov. 28. The exercise, which lasted three days, was part of a series of exercises held between U.S. and Japan forces in order to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine countermeasure operations. USS Chief hosted JMSDF members aboard to build bonds and share tactics on mine countermeasure operations. EODMU 5 embarked the Uraga class…

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JMSDF Statement on launch of ballistic missiles by North Korea

1. North Korea seems to have launched one ballistic missile in the east direction from around Pyeongseong on the western coast of North Korea around 3:18 am today. Although the details are currently being analyzed, the ballistic missile launched flies approximately 53 minutes and reaches the Japan Sea (in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of our country) about 250 km west of Aomori prefecture around 4:11 It is estimated that it fell. It is estimated that the flight distance is about 1,000 km and the maximum altitude greatly exceeds 4,000 km. 2. In response…

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USS Chief departs Sasebo for 3JA MCM exercise with Japanese

USS Chief (MCM 14) departed Sasebo Nov. 21 to join Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) MCM ships and aircraft in MCM exercise 3JA. MCMEX 3JA is part of an annual series of bilateral exercises held between the U.S. and Japan to increase proficiency and interoperability in mine countermeasure operations. This will be the second year that Chief will participate in the U.S.-Japan bilateral exercise and follows its recent participation in the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise with the Republic of Korea and United Nation Command Sending States. “Chief is excited…

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U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to conduct Annual Exercise

The 2017 edition of Annual Exercise, a bilateral maritime field training exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and U.S. Navy (USN), will be conducted Nov. 16-26. Approximately 14,000 U.S. personnel will participate, from units including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) with embarked Carrier Air Wing CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89), and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron. Annual Exercise, the premier training event between USN and JMSDF, is designed…

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SAREX Search & Rescue Exercise takes place in Peter the Great Gulf

In late November, the Pacific Fleet and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are holding the SAREX Search & Rescue Exercise. In course of a planning conference, sides agreed on time and location of the exercise in Vladivostok. In accordance with reached agreements, the destroyer Hamagiri of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is arriving in Vladivostok on November 20.

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Chafee conducts trilateral PASSEX with Indian Navy and JMSDF in 7th Fleet

USS Chafee (DDG 90) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Indian navy ships, INS Satpura (F48) and INS Kadmatt (P29) as well as Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Inazuma (DD-105) Nov. 3-6. PASSEXs like this arise when maritime forces from two or more regional countries are operating in the same area and take advantage of the opportunity to train together. This PASSEX builds on previous maritime training events, including exercise Malabar this past summer. During this PASSEX, the ships exchanged Navy liaison officers (LNOs) and exercised…

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US, Japan, Korea Conduct BMD Exercise

The maritime forces of the United States, Japan, and Republic of Korea are conducting a trilateral link exercise (LINKEX) Oct. 24 – 25 in seas east of the Korean peninsula and waters near Japan to promote communications, interoperability and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to exchange track data among all the participating ships. It will allow participants to enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense, and strengthen partnerships and situational awareness. U.S. participants include USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Milius…

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