Guam Hosts Partner Nations in Exercise Sea Dragon 2021

January 12, 2021 – Two P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, the “Mad Foxes,” joined several partner nations to kick off multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise Sea Dragon 2021, Jan. 12. The maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) with VP-5, traveled to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam to hone their skills with members of the Royal Australian Air…

Read More

Thales Teams With MHI for JMSDF Sonar

November 23, 2020 – Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force relies on Thales and MHI to equip itself with the latest generation of high-resolution synthetic aperture sonar that provides a high level of classification. The choice of Thales technologies, which have been extensively proven in service with navies around the world, provides the highest levels of protection available today. In a changing…

Read More

JMSDF & USN Joint MCM Exercise

November 20, 2020 – The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), began the at sea portion of Mine Warfare Exercise (MINEX) 3JA 2020 off the coast of southwestern Japan, Nov. 20. MINEX 3JA is part of an annual series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and allied navies designed to increase proficiency in mine countermeasure operations. During the…

Read More

JMSDF Shadows Russian Ships

November 6, 2020 (Google Translation) – “Otaka” belonging to the 3rd Missile Boat Corps of the Maritime Self-Defense Force around 9 am on Friday, November 6 (Sasebo) and “P-1” (Atsugi) belonging to the 4th Air Group are about 50km northeast of Kamitsushima. One Russian Navy Slava-class cruiser, Udaloy-class destroyer, traveling southwest in the waters. One ship and one Dubna-class supply…

Read More

Tippecanoe Resupplies Fleet and International Partners in Advance of Keen Sword

October 30, 2020 – Military Sealift Command Far East’s Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) routinely conducts replenishments at sea (RAS) for both U.S. ships and those from partner and ally nations – almost on a daily business. “USNS Tippecanoe’s officers and crew have shown fortitude, skill and dedication while providing much needed food, fuel, supplies…

Read More

Djibouti Naval Base, a strategic fulcrum in the Indian Ocean

October 22, 2020 (Google Translation) – From October 8 to 16, 2020, the Djibouti Naval Base (BN) simultaneously hosted two military buildings for a technical stopover, initially scheduled for an operational break for one day. At the crossroads of the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula via the Strait of Bab-el Mandeb, the BN of Djibouti’s main mission is…

Read More

Japan-EU Joint Port Call in Djibouti

October 16, 2020 (Google Translation) – October 15, engaged in anti-piracy activities the European Union Naval Force (Somalia – Operation Atalanta) naval vessels and patrol aircraft and the Maritime Self-Defense Force escort ship “big wave” is jointly call at Djibouti. The nearest Port October 5-6 days the date that has been conducted in off the coast of Somalia Gulf of…

Read More

USS John S McCain Trains With JMSDF Escort Flotilla Two

October 13, 2020 – USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Escort Flotilla 2 during integrated operations in the South China Sea beginning Oct. 12. U.S. Naval forces routinely operate alongside regional allies and partners to strengthen our shared commitments to regional stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific. This integration coincides with the 245th…

Read More

JMSDF/USN Exercise Keen Sword

September 25, 2020 – Units from the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and U.S. military will conduct exercise Keen Sword beginning Oct. 26, 2020. Keen Sword is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises since 1986 designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of the JSDF and U.S. forces. During this year’s iteration, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s…

Read More

U.S., Japan Build on 60 Years of Regional Cooperation

August, 18, 2020 – The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group joined Japan’s Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) to conduct joint integrated operations in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 15, as part of ongoing shared commitments to regional stability through cooperation. Symbolizing the strength of the two nation’s 60-year alliance, the cooperation between forward-deployed naval and air forces, and the…

Read More