US, Japan hold exercise focused on ballistic missile defense

United States and Japanese forces are conducting computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise Resilient Shield 2018 with focus on ballistic missile defense (BMD) training.

US Navy Commander Task Force (CTF) 70, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, US Air Force assets, and units from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will all participate in the said exercise running from February 16 to 23.

“The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Shiloh (CG 67) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Benfold (DDG 65), and USS Stethem (DDG 63), forward-deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, will work alongside personnel from JS Teruzuki (DD 116) and JS Kongo (DD 173) during the exercise,” US Pacific Command said.

“The ships’ warfighting teams will exchange operational integrated air and missile defense (IAMD), surface warfare, and anti-submarine warfare information for advanced tactical training. This training is designed to improve proficiency in warfighting and joint operations for ballistic missile defense,” it added.

PACOM said successful defense of the US and its allies from unanticipated ballistic missile threats requires detailed planning, precision ship stationing and quick defensive reactions.

It added that BMD mission is one of many missions that the US and its allies practice on a regular basis to maintain maximum proficiency and cooperation.