US, Japan naval forces conduct maneuvers in East China Sea

United States Navy Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, together with the amphibious transport dock JS Shimokita (LST 4002) sailed in a bilateral formation on April 9 in East China Sea.

Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Public Affairs said the navigational maneuvers were held as part of an enduring commitment of both sea services to operate together to demonstrate commitment to the US-Japan alliance and security of the region.

“Coordinating rendezvous points and using universal tactical signals provided opportunities for building understanding and interoperability,” Amphibious Force 7th Fleet Public Affairs said.

“Our two navies sailing side-by-side like this signifies the strong relationship we have with the Kaijo Jieitai as allies,” said Rear Admiral Brad Cooper, Expeditionary Strike Group 7.

“We work together on a continuum of activities and are committed to expanding combined amphibious capability,” Rear Admiral Cooper said.