From August 26th to October 30th, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) carried out the Indo Southeast Asia Deployment 2018 (ISEAD18). The ISEAD which consisted with Escort Flotilla 4, JS Kaga, JS Inazuma and JS Suzutsuki deployed to Indo-Pacific region for enhance JMSDF operational capability and to promote cooperation and interoperability with JMSDF partner navies. The three ship will train with the navies of India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia during ISEAD18.
Along this deployment, the JMSDF conducted joint exercises with various countries in the Indo-Pacific region to enhance operational and cooperative capabilities. It contributed to peace and stability in the region and improved mutual understanding and trust between Japan and all participating countries. Peace and stability in the region is a major premise for the free and open Indo-Pacific. The JMSDF will pursue further cooperative measures with each country.