USN/JMSDF Cooperative Deployment in East China Sea

January 14, 2019 – Ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) amphibious transport dock ship, JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), for a cooperative deployment Jan. 11-12. During the cooperative deployment, ARG ships and JS Kunisaki conducted communication and maneuvering drills. “We understood each other’s radio calls very clearly, and they were very quick with their responses. It was a routine operation just like working with another U.S. vessel,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Jose Gonzales, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 navigation assessor. Capt. Jim…

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