A coordinated naval exercise involving sea and air units of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and the United States Seventh Fleet was conducted in international waters in the Sea of Japan from 28 May through to 5 June.
GV USS Ticonderoga refuelling the JDS Natsugumo
SV crewmen on Natsugumo
CU US signaller
LV USS Bronstein under way
SV US flag
Sea to air shot Japanese P2V aircraft overhead
LV & CU USS Ticonderoga with crew on bridge (2 shots)
SV US S-2F aircraft launched from USS Ticonderoga (2 shots)
LV Japanese JDS Murakhuma under way
CU 3 inch gun mount
LV JDS Shikinami under way
TV & LV Tying up Shikinami to Ticonderoga for fuelling (4 shots)
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Background: A coordinated naval exercise involving sea and air units of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and the United States Seventh Fleet was conducted in international waters in the Sea of Japan from 28 May through to 5 June.
The purpose of the exercise was to conduct anti-submarine and anti-aircraft warfare training for both fleets, and to carry out communications and refuelling operations. Coordinated exercises of this type have been carried out annually since 1959 and have provided valuable training for all units involved.
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SYNOPSIS: A coordinated naval exercise involving ships and aircraft of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force and the United States Seventh Fleet was conducted in international waters in the Sea of Japan from the 28th of May through until the 5th of June this year....... the exercises have been held regularly since 1959.
The purpose of this year's exercise was to conduct antisubmarine and anti-aircraft training for the Japanese and American navies, and also to carry out coordinated communications and at sea refuelling drills. Aircraft from both navies were used extensively this year.
Both Japanese and United States Navy submarines accompanied the naval exercise forces and simulated aggressor submarines to provide more realistic training.........intruder aircraft were also used to simulate air attacks.
The main aim of the exercise however, was the sea defence. The Japanese ship "Shikinami" -- seen here under way -- is one of the Japanese anti-submarine destroyers.
This year's exercise devoted a lot of time to refuelling at sea operations. The United States ship "Ticonderoga", seen here refuelling the "Shikinami" is especially equipped for such operations.