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.

190611-N-PL543-1019 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 11, 2019) Capt. Pat Hannifin, commanding officer of the forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), observes Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Izumo (DDH 183) from the pilothouse during a cooperative deployment. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Thomas Leishman)

“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. “As we continue to operate together with the JMSDF, it makes us a cohesive unit. They are an integral part of our Strike Group that doubles our capability to respond to any situation.”

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 11, 2019) The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Murasame (DD 101) operates alongside the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The ships, along with JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Akebono (DD 108) conducted communication checks, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges June 10-12 designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability at sea. (Photo courtesy of JMSDF)

The U.S. Navy and JMSDF regularly fly, sail and operate together with other allies and partners to promote security and stability throughout the region.

“The time we are able to spend at sea training and operating with our partners in the Japan Self Defense Forces is invaluable,” said Capt. Pat Hannifin, Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer. “Our alliance has never been stronger, and it’s never been more important to this region than right now.”

Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.