US aircraft carrier sails with Japanese destroyer in PHL Sea

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United States Navy forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) has sailed with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided-missile destroyer JS Myoko (DDG-175) in Philippine Sea on August 15.

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 15, 2019) The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) sails alongside the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided-missile destroyer JS Myoko (DDG-175) while underway. US NAVY photo

“The Navy and JMSDF regularly operate, train and exercise together to improve interoperability and strengthen joint capabilities,” the US Navy said.

The US Navy said USS Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. 

USS Ronald Reagan visited Manila on August 7 for a brief port call which highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States, the US Embassy in Manila said.

“This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership, and alliance with the Philippines, as well as a testament to our joint commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” said US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.