JMSDF and Carl Vinson CSG hold bilateral drills

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The US Navy announced that the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG) participated in two days of bilateral maritime exercises in the Philippine Sea with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

The exercises were designed to address common maritime security priorities and concerns, enhance interoperability and communication, and strengthen enduring relationships.

“The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is honoured to participate in these bilateral exercises with our allies from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,” said Rear Adm. Dan Martin, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1. “It’s this seamless coordination between regional allies and partners that provides the most effective deterrent against aggression and best underwrites regional peace and stability. Together, we continue to be forward-leaning forces capable of sustaining fleet readiness in the Indo-Pacific.”

The U.S. Navy and JMSDF fly, sail and operate together with other allies and partners regularly to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific. Bilateral exercises strengthen the U.S. Navy’s alliances and partnerships to fortify mutual maritime security and support stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Flight deck personnel aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson’s (CVN 70) prepare for flight operations while transiting the South China Sea, Sept. 7, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo)

The U.S.-Japan Alliance has been the cornerstone of stability and security in the Indo-Pacific for more than 60 years and will continue to play a vital role regionally.

VINCSG units that participated include Carl Vinson; nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2; staffs of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 and DESRON 1; and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships that participated were: two Takanami-class destroyers JS Takanami (DD 110) and JS Onami (DD 111); and one Kongō-class guided-missile destroyer JS Kirishima (DD 174).

Carl Vinson, the flagship of VINCSG, is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. This marks the first time that a CSG is deployed in the 7th Fleet area of operations with the Air Wing of the Future (AWOTF), including the first operational deployment for both the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and Navy CMV-22B Osprey.

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