Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and US Carrier Strike Group 1 Complete Bilateral Exercise
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and US Carrier Strike Group 1 Complete Bilateral Exercise

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and US Carrier Strike Group 1 Complete Bilateral Exercise

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 units conducted bilateral operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) while operating in the Philippine Sea Sept. 18-Sept. 29. During the exercise, Japanese and U.S. ships participated in a multitude of events to include anti-submarine warfare, joint live-fire, resupply-at-sea (RAS), flight operations, surface warfare operations and leader engagements. The exercise marked the second time CSG 1 operated with the JMSDF since the strike group deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations. Participating JMSDF units included Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107), Asagiri-class destroyer JS Ymagiri (DD 152), Kong?-class destroyers JS Kirishima (DDG 174) and JS Ch?kai (DDG 176).

“I feel very honored to work with the USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group deployed in the waters surrounding Japan. hrough this exercise, we enhanced our tactical skills and interoperability between the JMSDF and the U.S. Navy,” said Capt. HORIKAWA Yuji, Commander of Escort Division 1.

“Our Japanese allies are experts in maritime defense in the region,” said Rear Adm. Dan Martin, commander, CSG 1. “Through bilateral exercises, we learn from one another while simultaneously demonstrating our like-minded commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) and Kongo-class guided-missile destroyer JS Chokai (DDG 176) conduct a passing honors ceremony with Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Sept. 19, 2021.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Haydn N. Smith)

Participating CSG 1 units included flagship USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, DESRON 1, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90). CSG 1’s multiplatform team of ships, aircraft and more than 7,000 Sailors is capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions around the globe. CSG 1 is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Under Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Carrier Strike Group One (CSG-1 or CARSTRKGRU 1) is a U.S. Navy carrier strike group. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the strike group’s current flagship, and other units currently assigned are the ship’s Carrier Air Wing 2 and embarked Destroyer Squadron 1, deployed with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, as well as Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy and USS Wayne E. Meyer. Although the previous Carrier Strike Group One traced its history to Carrier Division 1, formed in 1930, the current Carrier Strike Group One was an entirely new naval formation when it was established in October 2009.

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) conduct a passing honors ceremony with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class destroyer JS Ikazuchi (DD 107) and Kong?-class guided-missile destroyer JS Ch?kai (DDG 176), Sept. 19, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Haydn N. Smith)