Abraham Lincoln CSG Conducts Exercises with the JMSDF

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG), along with JS Inazuma (DD 105) and JS Kongo (DDG 173), from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed bilateral exercises in the Philippine Sea and East China Sea, April 18, 2022. USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Mobile Bay (CG 52) and USS Spruance (DDG 111) of Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG…

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JS Suzutsuki Makes Port Call in Subic Bay

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JS Suzutsuki (DD-117) arrived in Subic Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales on April 10 for a port call to the Philippines. JS Suzutsuki (DD-117) was escorted by Philippine Navy frigate BRP Jose Rizal FF 150. Two ships had earlier conducted Passing Exercises (PASSEX) with the former. A simple welcome ceremony was also accorded to the visiting…

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VQ-1 “World Watchers” Host JMSDF During Raijin 22-1

Members of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) hosted guests from Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Air Reconnaissance Squadron EIGHT ONE (VQ-81) during Raijin 22-1, as part of an annual unit exchange, March 28-29. The two-day event consisted of an exchange of briefs, small group discussions, static displays, and familiarization embark flights. “VQ-1 and VQ-81 have a long history of…

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1st USN/JMSDF Training Torpedo Exercise in Japanese Waters

Aircrews from the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77, the “Warlords” of HSM 51, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) “Mighty 59” of Air Development Squadron (VX) 51 conducted anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedo training in Tokyo Bay, March 8-10. This training was the first time the U.S. Navy launched an inert training torpedo with JMSDF into Japanese…

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US/Japan Bilateral Advanced Warfare Training

Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conclude Bilateral Advanced Warfare Training (BAWT) exercise March 4. BAWT is an annual bilateral training exercise that improves the partnership between U.S. and Japanese forces. This year’s exercise, which began Feb. 28, focused on enhancing the readiness and interoperability…

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USN and JMSDF Participate in Resilient Shield 2022

U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Forces will participate in Resilient Shield 2022 from Feb. 21- 25, at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Japan, and other command centers throughout the region. Resilient Shield is an annual computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise focused on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD), designed to test U.S. Naval tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) against potential regional threats…

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NOAC Embarks Team on USS Fitzgerald for Bilateral SHAREM

The Naval Oceanographic Anti-Submarine Warfare Center (NOAC) embarked a team of Aerographer’s Mates to lend expertise onboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as it participated in a bilateral training exercises, Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness Effectiveness Measuring (SHAREM) program, with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) from Jan. 26–31. “This is a great opportunity to improve our…

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USS Fitzgerald Conducts ASW Exercise with JMSDF

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) conducted bilateral training exercises in the Philippine Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) from January 27 – February 2. The Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness Effectiveness Measuring (SHAREM) program is a series of events focused on anti-submarine warfare procedures and tactics designed to measure how effectively surface ships and aircraft can detect and track submarines.…

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JMSDF Enhanced With Aegis & SPY-7 Software Demonstration

Lockheed Martin successfully demonstrated the integration of the AN/SPY-7(v)1 radar into the Aegis Weapon System, executing the processing required to detect, track and discriminate ballistic missile threats, and successfully guide interceptors to those threats. “The SPY-7 radar brings superior capability to sea or land-based platforms, utilizing proven production technology scaled from the Long Range Discrimination Radar, which recently achieved initial…

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