US & Japan Coast Guards Counter-Narcotics Exercise off Guam

The U.S. Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard completed a joint counter-narcotics exercise off Guam June 7th. The exercise was the first operational exchange between U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam and the Japan Coast Guard and was designed to promote cooperation between the partners in areas of mutual interest including maritime security and counter-smuggling operations. “What an incredible opportunity…

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Littoral Combat Ship hosts JMSDF admirals

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) hosted Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) admirals, who toured the ship while moored at Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, June 1. JMSDF Vice Adm. FUKUDA Tatsuya, commander, Fleet Escort Force, and Rear Adm. SHIMIZU Hitoshi, commander, Escort Flotilla Two, spent time meeting with Charleston’s crew, touring the ship, and discussing the unique…

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USS Tripoli Visits Iwakuni

Amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA 7) completed its first foreign port visit to Iwakuni, Japan, May 20-22, 2022. While pier side at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, the crew demonstrated the U.S. Navy’s commitment to strengthening relations with Japan. They also took on supplies and experienced local Japanese culture. Additionally, Tripoli hosted a tour of the ship for…

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US, Japanese Coast Guards Formally Expand Cooperation

The United States and Japan coast guards formally expanded cooperative agreements and established a new perpetual operation during a ceremony Wednesday in Tokyo. Vice Adm. Michael McAllister, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, and Vice Adm. Yoshio Seguchi, Japan Coast Guard vice commandant for operations, represented their respective services during the historic document signing ceremony and celebration at Japan…

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BRP Melocha Aquino Scheduled to Arrive From Japan in May

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, CG Admiral Artemio M Abu announced the expected arrival of MRRV-9702 or PCG’s second 97-meter multi-role response vessel (MRRV) from Japan in May 2022. According to the Commander, the arrival of the ship to be identified as BRP MELCHORA AQUINO is a big step towards recognizing PCG as the “SYMBOL OF HOPE” and “SOURCE OF…

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FRC WESTPAC V-22 Osprey Work for New Contractor

Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC) is inducting its first United States Marine Corps V-22 Osprey with Japanese industrial partner, NIPPI Corporation, for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services at their facility in Yamato, Japan. The aircraft entering maintenance is a MV-22B Osprey belonging to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265), the “Dragons.” Their mission is to provide assault…

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Bayern Returning From Far East February 18th

On Friday, February 18, 2022 at 4 p.m., the frigate “Bayern” will return from the Indo-Pacific after a successful presence and training voyage. The crew of around 180 covered about 43,000 nautical miles with their ship. With the deployment of the “Bavaria” in the Indo-Pacific, the German Navy was able to fly the flag and demonstrate on the spot that…

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Worn Out Looking USS Ronald Reagan Begins Refit

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) began a four-month selected restricted availability at Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 13, 2022 following its recent five-month deployment across the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. At the time of its return to Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 16, 2021, Reagan was the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier. During its deployment, the ship transited nearly 43,000…

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