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US Navy and JMSDF join forces for advanced training > US Pacific Fleet > News

YOKOSUKA, Japan – Units and personnel from the US Navy, US Marine Corps, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conclude the training exercise at Bilateral Advanced Warfare (BAWT) on March 4.

BAWT is an annual bilateral training exercise that enhances the partnership between U.S. and Japanese forces. This year’s exercise, which began Feb. 28, focused on improving the readiness and interoperability of U.S. coalition forces and the JMSDF.

“Exercises like BAWT strengthen our alliance and serve as a reminder of the United States and Japan’s ironclad commitment to maintaining stability in a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” said Task Force Commander Capt. Chase Sargeant. 71. “These are the exercises that allow our surface and air forces to hone our skills so that we can execute seamlessly integrated routine operations to deter aggression or respond to crises.

The United States and Japan have forged a relationship based on a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and regularly conduct bilateral exercises and operations to strengthen regional adherence to international standards.

Participants included Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Milius (DDG 69), USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Dewey (DDG 105), Asahi-class destroyer JS Shiranui (DD 120 ), and the Hyuga JS Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer (DDG 181). This year’s iteration of the BAWT also incorporated III Marine Expeditionary Force’s 5th Anglico, JGSDF Western Army and US Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing One.

This year marked the first time that the US Marine Corps and the JGSDF were integrated into the BAWT. The USMC Fifth Air Naval Gun Liaison Company (5th ANGLICO) and the JGSDF Western Army each embarked on-board and airborne target-spotting elements for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) events at Farallon de Medinilla in the US Mariana Islands. This provided a rare opportunity to practice bilateral and joint command and control of live fire against ground targets.

“It is a great pleasure for me to have successfully completed this high-end bilateral exercise,” said Rear Admiral Nishiyama Takahiro, commander of the First Escort Flotilla. “I am confident that through realistic and practical combat training, BAWT 2022 has enhanced the tactical skills of participating assets and improved joint operation capabilities with JGSDF as well as interoperability with the US Navy and Marine Corps. , and thus, it contributed to improving the Japan Self-Defense Force’s joint readiness posture and strengthening the Japan-US alliance for effective deterrence and response.

Exercises like BAWT support the U.S. Navy and JMSDF mission to develop regional capabilities that provide multi-level defensive options to protect their interests and those of their allies and partners. Participating forces exercised a wide range of capabilities and demonstrated the inherent flexibility of combined forces. These capabilities range from maritime security operations to more complex anti-submarine and air defense exercises.

BAWT enhances the ability of the U.S. Navy and JMSDF to work together to meet any contingency and prepares forces to provide the ready, credible deterrence that stabilizes the Indo-Pacific and promotes peace and prosperity for all nations. of the region.

Commander Task Force 71 / Destroyer Squadron 15 is the largest forward deployed DESRON in the Navy and the principal surface force of the U.S. 7th Fleet. The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet is the largest forward deployed fleet and regularly operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting a mission to preserve and protect critical regional partnerships.