Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ships Visit Pearl Harbor


Story Number: NNS130521-02Release Date: 5/21/2013 5:42:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMDSF) ships, landing ship tank JS Shimokita (LST 4002); destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) and helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) departed Pearl Harbor May 20 following a five-day port visit.

During the visit JMSDF sailors conducted wreath-laying ceremonies at the USS Arizona Memorial, National Cemetery of the Pacific, Makiki Cemetery and Ehime-Maru Memorial, and offered ship tours, while senior leaders conducted office calls with local military counterparts.

"These opportunities to renew relationships with our JMSDF counterparts are always valuable and rewarding," said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet. "The stop of the ships here and our frequent operations together are reflective of the strong relationship between the U.S. Navy and JMSDF that is such an important underpinning of the U.S.-Japan alliance."

Rear Adm. Hideki Yuasa, commander of Escort Flotilla 2, hosted a reception aboard Hyuga where guests, in addition to Haney, included Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command; Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda, and other senior U.S. and Japanese commanders.

Yuasa noted that the partnership between Japan and the U.S. is beneficial to maintaining stability throughout the region.

"The Japanese, U.S. alliance is vital to secure Japan's peace and security," said Yuasa. "Our alliance is also important for us to participate in multilateral security operations to effectively respond to global security challenges."

All three JMSDF ships are en route to San Diego to participate in multilateral exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. Third Fleet and I Marine Expeditionary Force that will test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations through a series of live training events.

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5/21/2013 7:31:00 PM
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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, landing ship tank JS Shimokita (LST 4002), destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) and helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181)
130516-N-QF605-048 PEARL HARBOR (May 16, 2013) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, landing ship tank JS Shimokita (LST 4002), destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) and helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) are moored along the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships arrived May 15 for a port visit visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)
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