USN, RAN, JMSDF & ROK Navy Launch Inaugural Exercise Pacific Vanguard

May 22, 2019 – In a first of its kind event, maritime forces from Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United States arrived in Guam, May 22, to conduct cooperative maritime training in Exercise Pacific Vanguard. Pacific Vanguard brings together more than 3,000 Sailors from four Indo-Pacific nations to sharpen skills and strengthen practical cooperation at sea. The exercise takes place on Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex. “Pacific Vanguard joins forces from four, like-minded maritime nations that provide security throughout the Indo-Pacific based on shared values…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Visits Hong Kong

November 21, 2018 – USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Curtis D. Wilbur (DDG 54) anchored in Hong Kong Harbor, Nov. 21. They were to have been accompanied by USS Benfold (DDG 65) but no announcement has as yet been made on why not. Ronald Reagan is the flagship for Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, embarked with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. “Hong Kong is always an incredible port visit and I’m glad that the officers and Sailors of Carrier…

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Ronald Reagan Strike Group, JMSDF Work Together During Cooperative Deployment

October 29, 2018 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JSMDF) ship the Murasame-class destroyer JS Kirasame (DD 104) conducted maritime operations during a cooperative deployment in the Philippine Sea, Oct. 21-28. During the cooperative deployment, Ronald Reagan Strike Group units and Kirasame conducted multiple exercises including ship maneuvering, communications, a fueling-at-sea, a replenishment-at-sea and Naval Liason Officers exchanges between the Kirasame and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to promote interoperability between the two maritime forces. JMSDF Capt. Shingo Motomura and several of his…

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Curtis Wilbur Attends Shimoda Black Ship Festival

USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) arrived in Shimoda, Shizuoka, Japan, May 17, to participate in the 79th Annual Shimoda Black Ship Festival. The festival commemorates the 164th anniversary of the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the signing of the Japan-American Treaty of Trade and Amity June 17, 1854, which opened trade opportunities with Japan. “It is my second visit to Shimoda and I’m very excited,” said Cmdr. Simon McKeon, commanding officer of Curtis Wilbur. “The people of Shimoda were very nice and welcoming on the first visit, and we…

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USS Curtis Wilbur Surface Warfare 2.4 Certification

Flight Ops – GUAM (February 28, 2018) – The  Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) crew executes flight operations in support of training and certification events in the Northern Pacific. CSW – GUAM (March 10, 2018) – The  Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires the 50 caliber Machine in support of their recent highly successful Surface Warfare 2.4 certification event. ​ CIWS – GUAM (March 10, 2018) – The  Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) fires the Phalanx CIWS mount in support of…

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USS Antietam Leads SAMEX During MultiSail

USS Antietam (CG 54) led a surface-to-air missile exercise (SAMEX) during MultiSail 18 with U.S. forward-deployed naval forces and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) March 10. This SAMEX builds interoperability between the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF, which strengthens the U.S.-Japan alliance. This year’s participants include five warships, destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Mustin (DDG 89), along with JS Fuyuzuki (DD-118) and Antietam. “Antietam plays an integral role in this year’s exercises, while leading the SAMEX and adding the cruiser point of view to…

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US Navy, JMSDF Participate in MultiSail 2018

Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are scheduled to participate in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2018, Mar. 8-14. MultiSail is an annual bilateral training exercise that improves interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces. In 2018 the focus of the exercise will be on improving fundamental skills such as tracking and defeating submarines, combatting other surface forces, live fire training, and interoperability with U.S. and JMSDF units. “MultiSail is an opportunity for our ships to increase our combat proficiency at sea,”…

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U.S., Japan and Korea navies conduct trilateral missile defense informational link exercise

March 14, 2017 – Vessels from the United States Navy, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force will conduct a trilateral missile warning informational link exercise (LINKEX) March 14-15 in seas east of the Korean peninsula and north of Japan to promote communications, interoperability, and partnership in the 7th Fleet area of operations. The exercise will employ tactical data link systems to trade communications, intelligence and other data among the ships in the exercise. It will allow participants to enhance tactical capabilities, increase self-defense,…

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