The US Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) have successfully concluded the annual bilateral training exercise, MultiSail 2017.
The six-day exercise was conducted to improve interoperability skills through detecting, locating, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and underwater.
Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 commander Captain Jeffrey A. Bennett said: “MultiSail is a great opportunity to conduct complex operations at sea between our ships in DESRON 15, CTF (Commander, Task Force) 70 fixed and rotary wing aviation squadrons, CTF 72 maritime patrol aircraft, JMSDF partners, and US Air Force aircraft.
“Being able to work bilaterally with the JMSDF not only strengthens our ties with Japan but it gives us an advantage in our tactics, capability and develops regional capabilities.”
During the exercise, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), and USS Mustin (DDG 89) from the US participated alongside JMSDF surface units JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) and JS Hatakaze (DD 171), as well as helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51.
Unlike previous MultiSail exercises, MultiSail 17 included in-port and at-sea training by personnel from the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (NSMWDC).
“MultiSail 17 provided a great opportunity to improve our tactical abilities with the help of Warfare Tactics Instructors from SMWDC,” McCampbell’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Ed Angelinas said. “The exercise also helped us improve our interoperability skills through our interactions with JMSDF counterparts.”