The Untied States Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are scheduled to conduct bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2018 on March 8 to 14.
US and Japanese assets expected to take part in MultiSail 2018 are US Navy Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Benfold (DDG 65), and USS Mustin (DDG 89), and JMSDF Akizuki-class destroyer JS Fuyuzuki (DD-118), and a number of subsurface and other special units.
“MultiSail is an opportunity for our ships to increase our combat proficiency at sea,” said Capt. Jon Duffy, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15. “We have designed MultiSail to exercise how we detect, locate, track and engage simulated units at sea, in the air, on land, and underwater with our Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force allies to help us increase our interoperability in a range of mission areas.”
“MultiSail 2018 provide us a valuable opportunity to increase JMSDF tactical capabilities and to strengthen our interoperability with our U.S. Navy allies,” said Cmdr. Kazuteru Hirano, JS Fuyuzuki’s commanding officer. “The Japan-U.S. alliance is stronger than it has ever been, and it is growing stronger.”
The US Navy said MultiSail uses realistic, shared training scenarios to enhance the ability of the U.S, Navy and JMSDF to work together to confront any contingency. MultiSail prepares forces that will provide the deterrence and stabilizing effects of a force-in-being, ready at the outset of a contingency without delays for buildups or extensive mission rehearsal.