Australia, India, Japan, and U.S. Kick-off Phase II: MALABAR 2021

Maritime forces from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States began Phase II of Exercise MALABAR 2021 in the Bay of Bengal, October 11. The U.S. Navy hosted this year’s annual maritime exercise which includes a variety of high-end tactical training, including specific interactions that are designed to enhance interoperability between the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Indian Navy (IN), Japan…

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USS Dewey Arrives in New Homeport of Yokosuka

USS Dewey (DDG 105) arrived September 8, to its new forward-deployed location in Yokosuka. The forward presence of Dewey in 7th Fleet directly supports defense strategic initiatives in support of peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. “Dewey is an excellent addition to our forward-deployed team,” said Capt. Chase Sargeant, Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15. “Dewey brings capability…

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Australia, India, Japan, & US Begin Exercise MALABAR 2021

Maritime forces from Australia, Japan, India, and the United States began phase 1 of cooperative maritime exercise MALABAR 2021 in the Philippine Sea, August 26. MALABAR is an annual maritime exercise that enhances planning, training, and employment of advanced warfare tactics between the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Indian Navy (IN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and U.S. Navy which demonstrates…

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DSCA Approves: Aegis Class Destroyer Support

August 4, 2021 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of AEGIS Class Destroyer Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $134 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to…

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DSCA Approves: RAM Block 2 for Japan

August 4, 2021 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $61.5 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested…

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Communist China Threatens Japan Over Senkaku Islands

May 27 — Some recent actions taken by Japan, in total disregard of the basic norms governing international relations, has grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs, deliberately hyped up the so-called “China’s military threat”, and groundlessly accused China’s legitimate maritime activities. China firmly opposes that and has lodged stern representation with the Japanese side, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, spokesperson…

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BAE Systems to Improve US Navy Mk 41 VLS

May 18, 2021 – BAE Systems, Inc. has won a U.S. Navy competition to serve as the design agent for the mechanical portion of the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS). The contract calls for BAE Systems to provide design, development, test, product improvement, and sustaining support for current and legacy VLS systems. BAE Systems will also continue to design…

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