USS Ronald Reagan conducts integrated operations with JS Ikazuchi

20 August 2020 (Last Updated August 20th, 2020 16:37)

The US Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has conducted integrated operations with Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) of Japan in the Philippine Sea.

USS Ronald Reagan conducts integrated operations with JS Ikazuchi
JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) steams alongside USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Credit: US Navy / MC3 Jason Tarleton.

The US Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group has conducted integrated operations with Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) of Japan in the Philippine Sea.

This move is part of the current shared commitments to achieve regional stability through cooperation.

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) commanding officer Captain Pat Hannifin said: “The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group routinely conducts operations to support our nation’s commitment to regional stability and freedom of the seas.

“Seamless integration with our allies ensures a lethal and flexible global force, answering the call for prompt and sustained combat operations from the sea.

“We have utmost respect for our Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force partners and are proud to stand with them on watch in the Western Pacific.”

The Ikazuchi and the Reagan Strike Group carried out integrated flight operations, high-end tactical training, maritime defence exercises, and a replenishment-at-sea.

The America Expeditionary Strike Group also joined Ikazuchi and Reagan to boost the integrated operations in a multi-domain warfighting scenario.

With these integrated engagements, regional allies will be able to build upon the current relationships and bolster the international rules-based order.

JS Izakuchi commanding officer commander Sugiyama Yasuhiro said: “The Japan-US Alliance contributes to maintaining regional peace and stability.

“The bilateral exercise such as we conducted will make our relationship stronger. We are making steady progress to realize the free and open Indo-Pacific.”

This year, the integrated operations that were carried out include the USS America (LHA 6) with JS Kunisaki in January and four Destroyer Squadron 15 ships with JS Suzunami and Sawagiri in February.

The most recent integrated operations were the one with USS Mustin (DDG 89) and JS Suzutsuki, which finished on 18 August.

In May this year, USS Ronald Reagan successfully completed its maintenance availability programme.