Carl Vinson Begins Bilateral Exercise with Japan


Story Number: NNS180312-14Release Date: 3/12/2018 1:43:00 PM
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By Lt. j.g. Danielle Moser, Carl Vinson Strike Group Public Affairs

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- The Carl Vinson Strike Group began a bilateral exercise with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 11, during a regularly scheduled deployment in the Western Pacific.

Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) are conducting combined operations with Japanese destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) to enhance maritime interoperability between longstanding allies.

"Strong maritime partnerships maintain security, stability and prosperity, which the Indo-Pacific region has enjoyed for more than 70 years," said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. "Collaborating with a close maritime partner promotes regional cooperation."

As part of the exercise, four JMSDF liaison officers have embarked Carl Vinson to support combined operations. The operations will include formation steaming as well as anti-submarine and air-defense training. Ise will also conduct a replenishment-at-sea with Carl Vinson.

The 646-foot Japanese destroyer displaces 18,000 tons and sails with three Y (60 K/J) helicopters. The ship's primary missions include anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasure, logistics, and search and rescue.

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

Michael Murphy conducted a passing exercise with the French frigate FNS Vendemiaire while operating in the Western Pacific and South China Sea in January and February. Sailors practiced communication and shiphandling techniques.

The strike group completed a historic port visit to Vietnam, March 9, which marked the first time an aircraft carrier visited in more than 40 years.

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The guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89) leads the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Fuyuzuki (DD 118) during MultiSail 2018.
180314-N-ZL062-0343 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 14, 2018) The guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89) leads the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Fuyuzuki (DD 118) during MultiSail 2018. MultiSail is a bilateral training exercise improving interoperability between the U.S. and Japanese forces. This exercise benefits from realistic, shared training enhancing our ability to work together to confront any contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Myers/Released)
March 14, 2018
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