USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At sea (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Western Pacific area of operations March 22-23.
The purpose of the PASSEX is to exercise basic seamanship and conduct coordinated operations between CSG 9 and the JMSDF.
"It's always an honor and privilege to work with Japanese forces," said Capt. Jeff Harley, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. "This exercise strengthens our Navy's ability to continue working with our alliances so we can continue to develop partnerships in the Western Pacific."
The Japanese ships participating in the PASSEX are JDS Kirishima, JDS Harusame and JDS Hatakaze.
CSG 9 includes Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, DESRON 9, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Shoup (DDG 86).
During the PASSEX, CSG 9 and the Japanese navy conducted an officer exchange program to allow Japanese Sailors to experience life aboard an American ship and vice-versa.
"Our presence in the region is more important than ever. U.S. Naval forces help encourage dialogue, promote growth and ensure the free flow of trade, which is vital to all nations," said Harley.
CSG 9 is on a routine deployment to conduct maritime security operations and to train with its coalition partners to improve the ability to operate with naval forces from many nations.
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