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JS Teruzuki and INS Tabar in the Gulf of Aden on July 30th.





JS Teruzuki and USS Kidd in the Gulf of Aden on September 1st.





Two B-1Bs and two F-15Js over the East China Sea on September 9th. Afterwards, one of the bombers returned to Guam like usual while the other one went to Misawa Air Base for an upcoming air show.



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Indonesia continues to order small batches of amphibious vehicles, the latest being from Italy, called the M113 Arisgator.




The Indonesian National Armed Forces have taken delivery of its first five M113 Arisgator amphibious armored personnel carriers from Italy.


According to the ARC, еhe first five amphibious armoured personnel carriers were delivered on board a transport aircraft of Singapore Airlines. The Arisgator is an amphibious version of fully tracked armored personnel carrier developed by the Italian company of ARIS SpA (Applicazioni Rielaborazioni Impianti Speciali).


The M113 Arisgator is a light and reliable amphibious vehicle capable of performing several tasks at very low costs. To improve the amphibious characteristics of the M113 a special oceanic kit has been developed by ARIS, which enables the vehicle to operate safely in ship-to-shore operations as well as rivers.


This kit weighs between 1,350 and 1,700 kg including bow, roof and stern units, all of which are made of light alloy as is the basic M113 series hull.


The Arisgator can carry eight fully equipped troops and can also be fitted with various external weapon stations.



This is actually a well thought out upgrade, though Indonesia should be advised that any correspondence they receive calling their platoon of upgraded BTR-4s "EIGHT WHEELED DEATH TRAPS!!" and demanding that they be replaced with Arisgators is not from anyone working for ARIS, its just from an American nutbar. ;)

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A JMSDF P-3C from Fleet Air Wing 5 trained in search and rescue with two patrol ships of the Philippines Navy on September 13th and 14th in the waters around Palawan island (both the South China Sea and Sulu Sea).





JS Teruzuki and INS Sunayna in the Indian Ocena on September 11th. They trained in tactical maneuvers and communication.


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Philippines Air Force personnel receiving maintenance training for C-130 from US personnel at Yokota Air Base for first time.


Philippine Air Force personnel together with United States Air Force personnel undergone a training course on maintenance of Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft last week at Yokota Air Base, Japan.


The training course was led by the US Air Force 373rd Training Squadron Detachment 15.


“This is the first time we have taught this class with students from the Philippine Air Force,” said US Air Force Staff Sgt. Angelica Ponce, 373rd Training Squadron Detachment 15 aerospace propulsion instructor. “Aside from the different uniforms in the seats the class is no different.”


“This is very important because we can get some new ideas with regards to the matters of the build of up of the engine,” said Philippine Air Force Technical Sgt. Eulogio Arong, 220th Airlift Wing maintenance specialist. “It’s quite different from our country so it is good to learn how other military’s complete their mission, and we can strengthen our relationship.”



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Six Australian naval ships moving near or into the SCS for exercises.



The Turnbull government has boldly forged ahead with long-held plans to send six Navy ships to conduct a series of military exercises in the Indo-Pacific region, in the biggest task-group deployment in more than 30 years.

The move that has already triggered criticism from China in its media outlets.

It comes at a time when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been vocal in calling for China to use its leverage to try to stop North Korea’s continuing ballistic missile tests.

The Daily Telegraph understands there have been recent high-level discussions by senior ministers and department heads about Australia’s strategic options in the western pacific and what our stance should be in dealing with the South China Sea territorial disputes.

The meetings have not discussed the specifics of any particular naval deployment, including the current one, but have dealt with our strategy in the region.

A final decision has not been made about the transit routes of the six naval ships carrying 1200 Australian Defence Force personnel, which left Australia on September 4 for two months.

Canberra-class assault ship HMAS Adelaide is leading the deployment, which also includes HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Darwin, HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Sirius.






Exercise Rising Thunder 2017 at Yakima, Washington State from September 5th to September 22nd. The 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Division from the JGSDF training US forces.


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US Ronald Reagan and JS Ise along with other ships from both sides have been conducting joint-training since September 11th and will continue until September 28th in the waters from the Tokyo area down to Okinawa.


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Two India navy ships make 5 day visit to Vietnam.



Hai Phong (VNA) – Two navy ships INS SATPURA and INS KADMATT of India docked at Hai Phong Port on September 23 for a five-day trip to the northern city of Hai Phong.

The two vessels, with total 65 officers and 580 crew members on board, are led by Colonel Rahul Shankar.

The visit is being made on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-India diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership. It aims to bolster cooperation, friendship, mutual understanding and trust between the two countries’ armies and navies.

During the visit, the guests are scheduled to pay courtesy visits to the municipal People’s Committee and the High Command of Vietnam People’s Navy.

They will also hold joint exercises with the Vietnam People’s Navy on marine formations and participate in sport activities with the host naval force.-VNA


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JMSDF conducted joint-training in anti-submarine warfare with the US and Australia in the waters south of the Honshu main island from September 12th to September 19th. One submarine from both the US and Australia participated. From the JMSDF were 4 submarines, 4 destroyers and about 30 patrol aircraft.


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JMSDF conducted joint-training in anti-submarine warfare with the US and Australia in the waters south of the Honshu main island from September 12th to September 19th. One submarine from both the US and Australia participated. From the JMSDF were 4 submarines, 4 destroyers and about 30 patrol aircraft.



An article about this exercise:



FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) participated in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Tri-Lateral Submarine Competition (SUBCOMP) exercise in waters south of Japan, which also included participation by a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine, from Sept. 12 to 19.


The SUBCOMP exercise provided an excellent opportunity to further the integration and tri-lateral coordination in an Anti-submarine warfare environment for the three navies.


This year's SUBCOMP involved four JMSDF submarines, a RAN Collins-class submarine HMAS Dechaineux (SSG 76) and Key West. The competition stressed each crew's ability to conduct various aspects of anti-submarine warfare. The top performer is recognized with the Japanese Battle Efficiency Award.


Key West's commanding officer thought his crew performed well and reflected positively on the submarine force and U.S. Navy.


"The Key West crew found this exercise to be an excellent opportunity to plan, train and execute ASW (anti-submarine warfare) tactics while in a deployed environment," said Cmdr. Grady Hill, Key West's commanding officer. "The crew performed superbly, rising to the challenge and honing critical skills with our partners."


The RAN was excited about their initial participation in the competition.


"We're honored to participate in this year's JMSDF Submarine Competition," said Cmdr. Dan Sutherland, Dechaineux's commanding officer. "This is our first opportunity to participate and I'm looking forward to future exercises with the JMSDF and the U.S. Navy.


The JMSDF was also excited to have Dechaineux and Key West participate in the competition.


"We were very pleased to have Dechaineux and Key West to participate in this year's Submarine Competition," said Cmdr. Ryu Moriyasu, JMSDF Liaison Officer. "Their involvement greatly increased our interoperability and built on a strong partnership among our forces."


During the exercise, a JMSDF officer embarked Key West.


"Embarking a JMSDF officer provided valuable insight into diesel submarine operations and tactics," said Hill. "I highly recommend continuing this practice during future SUBCOMP exercises."


"Our officer, who embarked the Key West, expressed gratitude and said he learned a great deal from the experience," said Moriyasu. "It gave him a much better understanding of U.S. submarine operations and will help us work together in the future."


Key West is a member of Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 15, which is located at Polaris Point in Apra Harbor, Guam. COMSUBRON 15 staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support of four Los Angeles-class attack submarines stationed in Guam. The submarines and submarine tenders USS Frank Cable (AS40) and USS Emory S. Land (AS39) are part of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed naval force are capable of meeting global operational requirements.



HMAS Dechaineux prior the exercise Japan.



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Exercise KAMANDAG - a new exercise between the Philippines and the US



MANILA -- In collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, 3D Marine Expeditionary Brigade will participate in the inaugural Exercise KAMANDAG from Oct. 2-11, 2017, at multiple locations on the island of Luzon, Philippines.

The purpose of this Philippines-led military exercise is to conduct bilateral exchanges between Philippine and U.S. forces. Exercise training will enhance cooperation and interoperability between the Philippines and the U.S., consistent with the Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement, as we continue our commitment to share information and provide support to each other throughout a range of military operations.

KAMANDAG will enable military-to-military exchanges between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. forces, with a focus on enhancing counterterrorism capabilities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities, and conducting humanitarian and civic assistance projects. Military service members from both countries will work together during combined events in order to develop improved techniques and procedures, enabling them to learn and grow both through tactics and personal relationships.

KAMANDAG is an acronym for the Filipino phrase “Kaagapay Ng Mga Mandirigma Ng Dagat,” which translates to “Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea,” highlighting the partnership between the Philippine and United States militaries. KAMANDAG will increase overall U.S. and Philippine readiness, improve combined responsiveness to crises in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and further reinforce our decades-long partnership.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. forces began preparing for KAMANDAG with a groundbreaking ceremony for humanitarian and civic assistance projects in Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines Sept. 15, 2017.


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Two Indian naval ships, INS Satpura and INS Kamatt, are on a 3 month long mission as part of their "Act East" policy. They will stay in Japan from October 12th to October 15th and will train with JS Kirisame on October 15th.




Visakhapatnam: In pursuance of the ‘Act East’ policy, two Indian Naval ships proceeded on Friday on deployment to east and southeast Asia.

INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt will make ports of call in Singapore, Indo-nesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Brunei and Russia. The two ships will be deployed for more than three months away from home.

The ships will participate in the International Fleet Review hosted by the Association of South East Asian Countries (Asean) at Thailand. In Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei the ships will commemorate the 25th anniversary of India-Asean dialogue. The ships will also participate in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise at Malaysia.

In Russia, the ships will participate in the annual India-Russia bilateral exercise Indra This year, for the first time, Ex. Indra will witness the joint participation of Army, Navy and Air Force of both countries.

The Navy said the visit of the ships underscores India’s peaceful presence and harmonious relations with the countries in the region. Besides making port calls, the visit of ships will help in people-to-people interactions, meetings between Indian naval delegations with local dignitaries, and naval exercises to share best practices at sea and enhance interoperability.

INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt are both indigenously built warships. The Satpura, named after the mountain range in Central India, is a multi-role stealth frigate and is commanded by Captain Rahul Shankar. The Kadmatt, named after an island in the Lakshadweep chain, is an anti-submarine corvette and is commanded by Commander Nithin Cariappa.






2 B-1Bs and 2 F-15Js flew together through Kyushu water airspace. The B-1Bs continued to the Korean Peninsula and trained with the ROK there.





USS Ronald Reagan started training with JS Shimakaze on October 7th. Picture is on October 9th. The training area is from the waters around the Bashi Channel to the waters around Okinawa.



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JS Shimakaze finished the joint patrol training with the USS Ronald Reagan strike group on October 16th that took place in the waters around Okinawa through to Bashi Channel. As stated in the post above, it started on October 7th. The Burke in the picture below is USS Stethem. Worth noting that shortly afterwards, the USS Ronald Reagan group went straight to the Korean Peninsula and has just started training there with the ROKN.






The joint training between JS Kirisame, INS Satpura, and INS Kamatt on October 15th in Kyushu western waters.






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The panel discussion was in late July, so a little old relative to some of the fast developing issues, but it touches on the geo-economics and the US-Japan alliance, in that, economics continues to be used as a tool for diplomacy and in trying to influence other countries. So economic cooperation is seen as necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the alliance. Some other points about the evolution of the alliance. Such as, n the past, Japan was like a rear base for US operations, but now Japan is seen more and more as on the front-line, and not only does having US forces deployed in Japan enable to the US to respond more quickly, it also enables immediate interaction with Japanese forces to be possible, so in other words, it is very easy for both forces to train together, whereas if the US was not deployed in Japan, then both sides wouldn't be able to train together often because of time and cost in having to go a long distance before training.

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Rex Tillerson gave a talk at a CSIS about the developing relationship between the US and India in which in emphasized the developing economic, defense, and counter-terrorism, as well as India representing the shared ideals in democracy, rule of law, freedom of navigation of the seas, and so on, which is to last for the century.

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Australia's Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2017 includes a total of 6 Australian naval ships making the largest coordinated deployment for them in decades.




This week, Australian warships docked in the Philippines for a goodwill visit as part of one of the largest coordinated task group deployments by Canberra to the region in decades. The interaction put the spotlight on the Australia-Philippine defense relationship as well as Australia’s security role in the region more broadly.

As I noted last week, since September, a fleet of six Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships along with more than 1,200 Australian Defense Force Personnel have been around the region for Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2017, dubbed the largest coordinated Australian task group deployment since the early 1980s (See: “Australia’s Big Asia Military Deployment Moves to Malaysia”).

Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2017, which lasts till late November, is occurring across Asian states, including Brunei, Cambodia, Micronesia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and East Timor. It is being led by Canberra-class amphibious ship HMAS Adelaide, which will be joined at various stages by frigates HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Darwin, HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Parramatta, and replenishment ship HMAS Sirius.

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After the spotlight was on Malaysia last week, this week it shifted to the Philippines. On October 10, the Philippine Navy welcomed two RAN warships in Manila, the HMAS Adelaide and the HMAS Darwin. The ships were there for a goodwill visit that will last until October 15.

The arrival of the vessels comes at an interesting time in the context of Australia-Philippine defense relations. Initially, defense ties, which that had expanded in recent years to include not just exchanges, exercises, and capacity-building, but the conclusion of a visiting forces agreement (VFA) and Canberra’s integration into the U.S.-Philippine Balikatan exercises, had appeared to be quite testy with the emergence of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last year (See: “How Significant is the 2017 US-Philippines Balikatan Military Exercise?”).

But day-to-day cooperation had continued and had even accelerated in some cases, particularly since the siege of the southern Philippine city of Marawi by Islamic State-linked militants had exposed the well-known limitations of the Philippine military and underlined its need for help from its regional partners like Australia. Australian officials, including Foreign Minster Julie Bishop and Australian Secret Intelligence Service Director Nick Warner, have been discussing the contours of that counterterrorism assistance (See: “What Will Australia’s New Military Terror Aid to the Philippines Look Like?”).

Though there will be a series of interactions during the goodwill visit by Australian warships this week, the headlines were unsurprisingly dominated by Duterte’s visit on board the HMAS Adelaide on Tuesday afternoon. Duterte was accompanied by other Philippine officials, including Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, military chief General Eduardo Ano, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.

According to local media outlets, Duterte and the accompanying officials were welcomed by Assistant Defense Attache Gideon Scrimgwour and Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, who, in her remarks, underscored the importance of common strategic priorities like ensuring maritime security and maintaining regional stability. They were also given a tour of the ship by the Commander of the Joint Task Group of Indo-Pacific Endeavor, Captain Jonathan Earley.



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Dawn Blitz 2017 joint exercise between USN and USMC as well as a company from JGSDF.




SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) kicked off amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2017, Oct. 20.

Dawn Blitz 2017 is a scenario-driven amphibious exercise designed to train and integrate the staffs of ESG-3 and 1st MEB. It provides realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps team.

The exercise takes place at sea off the coast of Southern California and will involve participation from ships homeported at Naval Base San Diego including the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). These ships will integrate with 1st MEB and Coastal Riverine Group 1 to demonstrate how U.S. forces are capable, interoperable and deployable on short notice, while being fully combat ready.

"Dawn Blitz 2017 is an excellent opportunity to operationalize concepts the Navy and Marine Corps services have been discussing for some time," said Cmdr. Matthew Hoekstra, director of maritime operations for ESG-3 and lead exercise planner for Dawn Blitz. "While others continue to talk, wargame or tabletop future concepts, we are executing with live forces afloat and ashore."

The exercise consists of various wartime events leading to the deployment of U.S. and allied forces against a hypothetical enemy. Forces will plan and execute an amphibious assault, engage in live-fire events, and establish expeditionary advanced bases in a land and maritime threat environment to improve naval amphibious core competencies.

"Dawn Blitz provides crucial training for our Navy-Marine Corps team. The capability to conduct prompt and sustained amphibious operations anywhere in the world is essential to our Navy and our nation," said Rear Adm. Cathal O'Connor, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3. "The amphibious force's capabilities range from high end warfighting to the disaster response capabilities our East Coast Sailors and Marines are demonstrating today. Since this is a multinational exercise, working with our international partners helps foster and sustain cooperative relationships that enhance regional security, stability and prosperity around the globe."

Dawn Blitz 2017 builds upon previous iterations of this exercise and affords the Navy/Marine Corps team the opportunity to capture lessons learned, develop Navy-Marine Corps amphibious staff expertise, and test new capabilities and equipment for the future fight.

Unique to this year's exercise is the integration of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to conduct a sea-based strike. This will allow commanders to validate a capability with platforms not traditionally used at the MEU/ARG level.

Additionally, demonstration of the composite warfare construct and other command and control arrangements will help to promote unity of effort in littoral warfare.

"Our experiment in command and control structure is designed to provide the commander with greater flexibility and speed to employ assigned forces," said Hoekstra. "The amphibious force has always been the vanguard of naval power in these qualities."

The Navy and Marine Corps enjoy a close working relationship based on past tradition, present requirements and future necessity to project power ashore. Leadership of both services share a common goal to refine and strengthen core amphibious competencies critical to maritime power projection.

"Dawn Blitz 17 is an invaluable opportunity for I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) and the 1st MEB to experiment with advanced maritime and naval warfighting concepts, as well as refine existing tactics, techniques and procedures," said Lt. Col. Thomas Savage, operations officer, 1st MEB. "The exercise also reinforces the strong and enduring relationships between U.S. Third Fleet, Expeditionary Strike Group Three, I MEF and 1st MEB."

An infantry company from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force will also participate along with observers from Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. The coordination with our international partners will help foster and maintain critical relationships to preserve peace and promote stability.

This year's exercise is an opportunity to meet the challenges of future conflicts, overseas contingency operations, humanitarian assistance/disaster response and homeland defense. The lessons learned are expected to improve the lethality and mission effectiveness of U.S. maritime forces.


"The experimentation results from Dawn Blitz 17 directly affect both the Navy and Marine Corps' future lethality and ability to fight and win in the future operating environment," said Savage. "Although the path ahead may be a challenging one as we seek to operationalize concepts, shape force capabilities, and integrate future systems, the lessons learned leading up to and during exercise execution promise the naval force sound security as one of our nation's principal means to project power from the sea to all domains of the battlefield."



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Three US carrier strike groups to conduct training together. SDF to participate.



WASHINGTON – Three of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers plan to hold a joint exercise in the western Pacific Ocean in mid-November, American military sources have told Jiji Press.

The navy and Self-Defense Forces are also making arrangements for the SDF to take part in the drills, the sources said.

According to a senior U.S. military official, a drill with three flattops participating is extremely rare.

The exercise — which will demonstrate U.S. military capabilities and its commitment to U.S.-Japan ties — will be held as a warning to North Korea, which continues its nuclear and missile development.

It is expected to be a large-scale event, as the three participating aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Nimitz, each head a carrier strike group that includes Aegis destroyers.

In June, the Reagan and the USS Carl Vinson, another U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, conducted a joint drill in the Sea of Japan with Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces.

It will be the first joint exercise involving three flattops since a similar drill was held in 2007 in the waters off Guam.

Although the exact location of the planned exercise is undecided, the drill may be held in waters near the Korean Peninsula, the sources said.

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to visit Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines from Nov. 5-13.

The sources said that it is purely by chance that the exercise may coincide with Trump’s visit to the Asian nations.

The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, which handles growing threats from North Korea and China and is based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, covers an area west of the international date line to the Indian Ocean.

Currently, the Reagan, active near the Korean Peninsula, the Roosevelt, which is on its way to an operation in the Middle East from its home port in San Diego, and the Nimitz, which is returning to the United States after completing an operation in the Middle East, are deployed in the fleet’s area.

As it is rare for three aircraft carriers to assemble in one area, a drill should be conducted if there is an opportunity, a U.S. military official said.

The official added that the exercise will enable the United States to display its military might, as well as demonstrate the country’s determination to protect its allies.


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5 warships from the UNS, JMSDF, and IN conducted joint-training from Nov 3rd to 6th in the Sea of Japan. Ships were USS Ronald Reagan, USS Chafee, JS Inazuma, INS Satpura, and INS Kamorta. Picture below taken on Nov 4th.





TOKYO: The US Navy carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, conducted three days of drills with a Japanese destroyer and two Indian warships in the Sea of Japan, Japan's navy said on Tuesday.

The exercise involving five ships, which ended Monday, came amid heightened tension in the region over North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear tests+ and as US President Donald Trump began a 12-day tour of Asia beginning in Japan on Sunday.

"The exercise helped improve fighting skills and deepened cooperation with India," Japan's Maritime Self Defence Force said in a press release.

The 100,000-ton Reagan, which is based in Japan carries around 70 combat aircraft and is the US Navy's most powerful warship in Asia.
The Reagan will join two other carriers in the Western Pacific, the USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt, in a potent reminder to Pyongyang of the US ability to rapidly mobilize military force, U.S. officials told Reuters earlier.


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Three US carrier strike groups with JMSDF.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 12, 2017) The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Groups transit the Western Pacific with ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The strike groups are underway, and conducting operations, in international waters as part of a three-carrier strike force exercise. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting regional security, stability and prosperity. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Rivera/Released)




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A couple of days earlier, on Nov 10th, two F-15Js trained with USS Ronald Reagan while the USN and JMSDF is carrying out joint cruise training that went from October 26th to November 12th in the Sea of Japan, East China Sea, and Okinawa waters.





Views from USS Nimitz during the cruise.

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