USS Ronald Reagan, JMSDF conduct bilateral exercises in South China Sea

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The Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) participated in bilateral exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships JS Izumo (DDH-183), JS Murasame (DD-101) and JS Akebono (DD-108) June 20.

190619-N-PJ626-0010 SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 19, 2019) The U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) sails alongside the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) while conducting operations in the South China Sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila Peters)

Reagan, Akebono, Izumo and Murasame practiced communication methods, tactical maneuvering drills and liaison officer exchanges designed to address mutual maritime security priorities and enhance cooperation efforts at sea.

“The JMSDF are tactically proficient and exceptional mariners,” said Lt. j.g. Nicholas Fessler, a USS Ronald Reagan officer of the deck. “They are a valuable asset to the mission as we continue to operate together.”

The Navy and JMSDF regularly fly, sail and operate together with other allies and partners to promote security and stability throughout the region.

Bilateral exercises maintain and strengthen a prosperous and present force in the Indo-Pacific region. Through current completion of successful operations, Ronald Reagan and JMSDF pave a road of future successful operational endeavors.

“USS Ronald Reagan always welcomes the opportunity to sail and train with our partners from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,” said Capt. Pat Hannifin, Reagan’s commanding officer. “Bilateral exercises, like our most recent interaction with JS Izumo, allows us to strengthen our partnership with our allies.”

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 Public Affairs