Nimitz CSG Concludes Malabar 2020 Phase II

November 20, 2020 – Maritime forces from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States on Nov. 20 completed Phase II of the multi-lateral naval exercise Malabar 2020. The exercise improved integration between Australian, Indian, Japanese, and U.S. maritime forces and provide an opportunity to conduct engagements highlighting cooperation between allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific. “The exercises conducted during MALABAR…

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USS Antietam Returns to Yokosuka Following 260-day Deployment

November 10, 2020 – USS Antietam (CG 54) returned to Naval Station Yokosuka following a successful deployment. The return marked the end of a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. “Antietam’s success in this demanding operating environment and during deployment is attributed to my Sailors doing the right thing every day,” said Capt. Russell Caldwell, commanding…

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HMAS Arunta Contributes to Operation ARGOS

October 29, 2020 – HMAS Arunta has arrived in Sasebo, Japan, for a short logistics visit prior to participating in Operation ARGOS on 31 October 2020. Operation ARGOS is Australia’s contribution to the enforcement of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Australia’s ongoing sanctions enforcement operations, in close…

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USCGC Waesche in Japan After Suffering Fire at Sea

September 22, 2020 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) arrived at Yokosuka, Japan today after combatting a shipboard engineering fire on Sept. 20, during a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of operations. Black smoke was reported at 5:18 p.m. (local time) Sunday, and investigations revealed fires in the exhaust stack and nearby spaces. After 90…

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Integrated Training for USN/USAF off Japan

August 6, 2020 – The U.S. Navy and Air Force are conducting joint integrated training off the coast of Northern Japan. Units and personnel assigned to the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, Navy Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, and the Air Force 35th Fighter Wing began coordinated operations, Aug. 1. Integrated training includes air-to-air operations, combat search and rescue drills,…

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US Navy, JMSDF Complete Exercise 2JA

July 29, 2020 – Mine warfare forces from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX) 2JA 2020 in Mutsu Bay, Japan, July 23. “This year’s MIWEX 2JA was another rewarding exercise with our Japanese partners,” said Capt. Derek Brady, Commodore of Mine Countermeasures Squadron Seven. “The dedication of all who were involved was…

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Japan International Cooperation Agency Financing Six Coast Guard Ships for Vietnam

July 30, 2020 (Google Translation) – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Japanese ODA loan agreement with the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Hanoi on July 28, targeting the “Marine Security Capacity Building Project” with a limit of ¥36,626 million. We signed (Loan Agreement: L/A). The South China Sea has a high risk of marine accidents…

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Summary of Japan-US-Korea Defense Practitioners Consultation (DTT) Results

May 13, 2020 (Google Translation) – The “Japan-US-Korea Defense Practitioners Consultation (DTT)” was held on May 13 (Wednesday) in a video conference format by the defense authorities of the three countries. At this meeting, the Director of the Department of Defense Policy in Japan, the Deputy Secretary of Defense of the Ministry of Defense of Helby from the US, and…

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