JMSDF Port Call at Subic Bay

July 1, 2019 – Three ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s Escort Flotilla One have docked off the East Rivera Wharf in SBMA, Olongapo City on Sunday for a goodwill visit until Wednesday. Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata said this is the third visit of JMSDF ships in the country this year. The first one was JS Ikazuchi (DD-107) in Manila last January and JS Samidare (DD-106) in Subic Bay last May. The visiting JMSDF Escort Flotilla One is composed of the “helicopter destroyer” and flagship,…

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USS Ronald Reagan, JMSDF Conduct Bilateral Exercises

June 24, 2019 – USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in bilateral exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 20. Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame practiced communication methods, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address mutual maritime security priorities and enhance cooperation efforts at sea. “The JMSDF are tactically proficient and exceptional mariners,” said Lt. j.g. Nicholas Fessler, a USS Ronald Reagan officer of the deck. “They are a valuable asset to the mission as…

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USS Ronald Reagan, JS Izumo sail together in South China Sea

June 11, 2019 – The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in a cooperative deployment with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108), June 10-12. The four ships conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. “Having a Japanese liaison officer aboard to coordinate our underway operations has been beneficial and efficient,” said Lt. Mike Malakowsky, a tactical actions officer aboard Ronald Reagan.…

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JS Akebono PASSEX with ESPS Castilla in Gulf of Aden

September 3, 2018 – On the morning of 29 August 2018, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s JS Akebono and the Spanish Navy’s ESPS Castilla – flagships under the command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 and the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) CTF465 respectively – conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the Gulf of Aden. The PASSEX included a series of communications and maneuvering exercises, as well as helicopter training. These provided the participating warships the valuable opportunity to exercise their communication and coordination linkages, strengthened the mutual…

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