The US Navy’s Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 has conducted a three-day bilateral training exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF).

The exercise was conducted between 24 and 26 May, during the 2022 deployment of the USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG 5).

The objective of the training exercise was to improve interoperability and surface operations while supporting the CSG 5 to qualify as the Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5.

On the first day of the training, the commander of Task Force 70/CSG 5 was joined by the JMSDF’s Akizuki-class destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD 116) and DESRON 15 team.

DESRON 15 deputy commodore and embarked sea combat commander captain Walt Mainor said: “The integration of Teruzuki into the strike group demonstrates our interoperability with our regional ally.

“The synchronisation we continue to develop allows us to conduct various trainings and bilateral exercises improving leadership at all levels, including individual proficiency, and sharpens command and control skills while challenging participants to adapt to changing conditions.”

Together, DESRON 15 and JS Teruzuki personnel carried out a wide range of training drills, including expendable mobile anti-submarine warfare training target (EMATT), visit board search and seizure (VBSS) and other electronic warfare exercises.

The US Navy and JMSDF alliance aims to advance joint operations and enhance security in the Indo-Pacific region.

DESRON 15 is the US Navy’s largest forward-deployed destroyer squadron and the principal force of the US Seventh Fleet.

The US Seventh Fleet allows the US Navy to operate in the Indo-Pacific region, with the help of 35 other maritime-nation allies and partners, to maintain peace and prevent conflict.