USS America, JS Kunisaki operate in East China Sea

January 13, 2020 – USS America (LHA 6) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) operated together in the East China Sea, Jan. 13. During the exercise, America and Kunisaki conducted communication and maneuvering drills, personnel exchanges, and a flight operations demonstration. “We are extremely pleased with this first opportunity for USS America…

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JMSDF Monitors Four PLA Navy Ships in East China Sea

December 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 12/16, four Chinese naval vessels sailed north between Okinawa and Miyakojima and sailed toward the East China Sea. The Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces will continue to pay close attention to trends in China’s naval vessels in the waters around Japan, and will make every effort to conduct surveillance and surveillance…

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Lockheed Martin’s Latest Generation Radar Designated AN/SPY-7(V)1

November 14, 2019 – The world’s latest generation solid-state radar technology, formerly known as Lockheed Martin’s Solid State Radar (LM SSR), has been designated as AN/SPY-7(V)1 by the United States government. The designation of AN/SPY-7(V)1 is a direct reflection of the maturity and capability of Lockheed Martin’s solid-state radar technology. The Japanese Ministry of Defense selected AN/SPY-7(V)1 for two planned…

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JMSDF, RCN, RAN & US Navy Conduct Bilateral Annual Exercise ‘19

November 11, 2019 – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the U.S. Navy began their bilateral maritime field exercise, Annual Exercise ‘19, in the waters surrounding Japan, Nov. 10. The annual bilateral exercise provides the two allies the ability to practice and evaluate coordination procedures and interoperability elements while further building on bilateral relationships. “The bonds between JMSDF and…

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U.S., Philippines, Japan kick off Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama

October 13, 2019 – The U.S. Navy, Philippine Navy, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) began Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama with an opening ceremony in Puerto Princesa, Oct. 14. This is the third iteration of MTA Sama Sama, a maritime exercise designed to promote regional security cooperation, maintain and strengthen maritime partnerships, and enhance maritime interoperability. This is…

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USS McCampbell Kicks Off Malabar 2019 in Sasebo

September 26, 2019 – USS McCampbell (DDG 85), assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, led the commencement of Exercise Malabar 2019, Sep. 25, in port Sasebo. An annual, multinational, naval field training exercise, Malabar is designed to improve the collective maritime relationship between the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and U.S. Navy. “It is a privilege to have…

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Indian, Japanese and US Navies Taking Part in Exercise Malabar 2019

September 24, 2019 – Ships, aircraft and personnel from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), the Indian Navy (INN) and the U.S. Navy (USN) will participate in exercise Malabar 2019 off the coast of Sasebo, Japan, Sept. 26. This iteration marks the first time that the JMSDF have led Malabar, and is the latest in a continuing series of…

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Asia Beckons for Naval Task Group

September 26, 2019 – The Royal Australian Navy has begun its largest deployment of the year with more than a thousand sailors and officers bound for engagements across North and South East Asia. Departing today from Sydney, the lead element of a nine ship Task Group will participate in bilateral and multi-national activities over the next four months. Minister for…

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JMSDF Shadows Russian Navy

September 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – September 17 (Tuesday), around 10 am, JMSDF 45th Mines Corps “Izushima” (Hakodate) shadowed Russian cruiser Varyag (011) and destroyer Admiral Panteleyev (548) moving westward in the waters about 65km northeast of Cape Soya. After that, these ships sailed west on the Soya Strait and sailed towards the Sea of Japan. These ships also observed…

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Japan – Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA Missiles

August 27, 2019 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of up to seventy-three (73) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA with support for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019.…

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, JMSDF sail together in Western Pacific

August 23, 2019 – The Ronald Reagan Strike Group conducted combined operations with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force guided-missile destroyer JS Myoko (DDG 175) Aug. 13-23. While sailing together the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and JS Myoko conducted communication drills, Myoko acted as the horizon reference for the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations,…

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