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PHILIPPINE SEA - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), while Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 units concluded their participation in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force International Fleet Review (IFR) in Yokosuka and Sagami Wan, Nov. 6.
Guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) participated in the parade of ships while Prime Minister Kishida served as reviewing officer from aboard JS Izumo (DDH 183). Kishida visited Ronald Reagan following the review of ships and was welcomed by U.S. Ambassador to Japan, the Honorable Rahm Emanuel, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Michael Gilday.
Prime Minister Kishida and Ambassador Emanuel discussed the importance of the U.S. – Japan alliance, while touring the ship, meeting Sailors and engaging with leadership aboard Ronald Reagan. During his time aboard, Ambassador Emanuel took time to address the crew of Ronald Reagan over the ship’s intercom system.
“On behalf of the entire United States I want to say a very simple, but much needed, thank you,” said Emanuel. “A lot of times in America, we have a debate about what represents the one percent. You who have volunteered on behalf of our ideals, our values and our interests, represent the true one percent of America. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice.”
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