United States Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group together with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) warships concluded a 3-day at-sea bilateral exercise in East China Sea, March 29. “The US Navy and JMSDF operated together March 26-29 to increase proficiency in basic maritime skills and improve response capabilities,” US Carrier Strike Group 1 Public Affairs said.
US and Japanese warships also held drills in Philippine Sea as part of the said bilateral maritime exercise. This is part of US-Japan routine operations to increase proficiency in basic maritime skills and improve response capabilities.
Warships that participated in the bilateral exercise were Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), accompanied by JMSDF destroyers JS Hamagiri (DD-155), JS Samidare (DD-106), JS Sazanami (DD-113), JS Umigiri (DD-158) and JS Yudachi (DD-103).
According to US Navy the warships conducted multiple maneuvers to test communications interoperability and ship handling techniques.
“The U.S. and Japan have built a relationship based on a shared vision of cooperation, democracy and regional stability,” said Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, commander, Carrier Strike Group 1. “The Japan-U.S. alliance is maintained and strengthened through training exercises like these.”
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