USS Charleston, JMSDF Conduct Combined Exercise

July 1, 2019 – USS Charleston (LCS 18) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense ships JS Inazuma (DD 105) and JS Kashima (TV 3508) participated in a combined exercise, June 16. Charleston, Inazuma, and Kashima operated in close vicinity of one another conducting division tactics and a photo exercise. These exercises strengthened the communication and coordination skills between the U.S. and Japanese Navy. “The depth and frequency of our engagements allow us to operate regularly and effectively shoulder-to-shoulder with our Japanese partners globally, across the full spectrum of warfare,” said Vice Adm.…

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Bilateral Maritime Exercise Between Japan and India (JIMEX 18) to Commence at Visakhapatnam

October 7, 2018 – Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Inazuma – a Guided Missile Destroyer arrived at Visakhapatnam on 07 October 2018. The JMSDF Ships under the command of Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, Commander, Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4), would be participating in the third edition of Japan-India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) with the ships of Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy (IN) from 07 to 15 October 18. JIMEX-18 is aimed to enhance interoperability, improve understanding and imbibe the best practices of each…

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Two JMSDF Ships Arrive at Colombo

September 30, 2018 – Two ships – ‘Kaga’ and ‘Inazuma’ belonging to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today. The vessels were received by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions upon their arrival. ‘Kaga’ is a 248m long vessel with a displacement of 19,950 tons. Its crew is consisted of 400 naval personnel. Meanwhile ‘Inazuma’ is 151m in length with a displacement of 4,550 tons. It is manned by a crew of 170. The crew members of…

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Chafee conducts trilateral PASSEX with Indian Navy and JMSDF in 7th Fleet

USS Chafee (DDG 90) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Indian navy ships, INS Satpura (F48) and INS Kadmatt (P29) as well as Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ship JS Inazuma (DD-105) Nov. 3-6. PASSEXs like this arise when maritime forces from two or more regional countries are operating in the same area and take advantage of the opportunity to train together. This PASSEX builds on previous maritime training events, including exercise Malabar this past summer. During this PASSEX, the ships exchanged Navy liaison officers (LNOs) and exercised…

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