The December visit followed initial November talks in Kure with JMSDF Commander, Landing Division 1, during which the staffs discussed ways to integrate, interchange, and innovate, furthering U.S.-Japan alliance and partnership.
“My counterpart, Commodore Matsumi, and I both believe that integrating our staffs – putting JMSDF officers aboard our ships, and vice versa – is critical to developing our relationship,” said Capt. Greg Baker, PHIBRON 11 commodore. “Learning how best to command and control each other’s assets will help us build an enduring process for the future. A word that I am shamelessly taking from the Landing Division is interchangeability. I believe that best describes our combined vision for the end state with the JMSDF.”
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