Kongo-class guided missile destroyer JS Myoko (DDG-175), UP-3D, EP-3 and OP-3C aircraft conducted joint training with EA-18 U.S. Navy electronic warfare aircraft in the Japan Sea, to enhance deterrence and response capabilities based on the Japan-U.S. alliance. Despite COVID-19, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (Kaijo Jieitai, JMSDF) remains responsive and enhances joint operation capability to respond to any contingency through these high-end training including electromagnetic domain, safeguards the peace and security of Japan, and contributes to support stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Commanding Officer of guided missile destroyer JS Myoko (DDG-175), stated, “This exercise was conducted in a counterattack-style, with the Japanese and U.S. operational aircraft conducting joint electronic warfare against the ship’s various sensors, while the ship conducted air defense exercise. Through this training, we improved our tactical skills and interoperability between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy”.
JS Myoko (DDG-175) is a Kong?-class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). My?k? was named after Mount My?k?. She was laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Nagasaki on 8 April 1993, launched on 5 October 1994; and commissioned on 14 March 1996. The Kong? class of guided missile destroyers in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are equipped with the Aegis Combat System, and is the first of few ship classes outside the United States to have that capability.. For electronic warfare, this class is equipped with NOLQ-2, an elaborate system capable of both electronic support (ES) and electronic attack (EA).
The Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet. The EA-18G replaced the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowlers in service with the United States Navy. This attribute enables the Growler to perform escort jamming as well as the traditional standoff jamming mission (Radar jamming and deception). The Growler’s electronic warfare capability is primarily provided by Northrop Grumman. The EA-18G began production in 2007 and entered operational service with the US Navy in late 2009. Australia has also purchased twelve EA-18Gs, which entered service with the Royal Australian Air Force in 2017.