The US Navy’s Carl Vinson Strike Group has commenced a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Western Pacific, which aims to improve maritime interoperability between the two allies.

The JMSDF has deployed its JS Ise (DDH 182) destroyer to participate in the exercise, while the US Navy assets involved in the development include aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).

Carl Vinson Strike Group commander rear admiral John Fuller said: “Strong maritime partnerships maintain security, stability and prosperity, which the Indo-Pacific region has enjoyed for more than 70 years.

"Strong maritime partnerships maintain security, stability and prosperity, which the Indo-Pacific region has enjoyed for more than 70 years."

“Collaborating with a close maritime partner promotes regional cooperation.”

A total of four JMSDF liaison officers have embarked on Carl Vinson to support the initiative’s combined operations, which are set to include formation steaming, as well as anti-submarine and air-defence training exercises.

The 646ft-long destroyer DDH 182 will also carry out a replenishment-at-sea with USS Carl Vinson during the event.

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DDH 182 possesses a displacement of 18,000t and is able to accommodate three Y (60 K/J) helicopters.

JMSDF’s JS Ise is primarily deployed for anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasure and logistics missions, as well as search and rescue operations.

The Carl Vinson Strike Group also includes Carrier Air Wing 2 and a compliment of more than 70 aircraft, in addition to Destroyer Squadron 1 and guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112).

The Carl Vinson Strike Group vessels and units previously departed the US West Coast for a regular scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific in January.