Green Bay, Ashland Sail With JMSDF

August 6, 2019 – USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and USS Ashland (LSD 48), both part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), conducted drills with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships in the Coral Sea, Aug. 1. Together with Green Bay and Ashland, Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) and JMSDF Ōsumi-class amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki (LST 4003) participated in a day-long exercise to enhance cooperative interoperability between the U.S. Navy and JMSDF. Both Japan and the United States recently completed their participation in Talisman Sabre…

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Japan Joins Talisman Saber 19

June 20, 2019 (Google Translation) – The escort ship Ise and the transport ship “Kunisaki” are carrying out on-the-job training (Talisman Saber 19) with the US military in Australia. They are together with the Ground Self-Defense Force Aquatic Mobile Task Force and the First Helicopter Group. This training is intended not only to improve the Maritime Self Defense Force’s tactical skills but also to deepen the ability to conduct integrated operations with the Ground Self Defense Force and the joint coping ability with the United States Navy and the United…

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Wasp, JMSDF ships sail in Philippine Sea

June 16, 2019 – The Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, led by Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182), completed a transit through the Philippine Sea, June 16. “It has been great to be out at sea with our high-end partners, increasing our interoperability,” said Capt. Jim McGovern, commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Eleven. “I continue to be impressed with the JMSDF, and their complementary capabilities with the Wasp ARG and 31st MEU.” The Wasp ARG…

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USN/JMSDF Cooperative Deployment in East China Sea

January 14, 2019 – Ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) amphibious transport dock ship, JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), for a cooperative deployment Jan. 11-12. During the cooperative deployment, ARG ships and JS Kunisaki conducted communication and maneuvering drills. “We understood each other’s radio calls very clearly, and they were very quick with their responses. It was a routine operation just like working with another U.S. vessel,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class Jose Gonzales, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 navigation assessor. Capt. Jim…

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