US, Japanese Ships Start Tactical Exercise
By Lt. Courtney Keiser, Commander, Destroyer
Squadron 15 Public Affairs.
Yokosuka, Japan – (NNS)
– January 20, 2016 – Guam Exercise (GUAMEX), an annual bilateral training exercise between the
U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), began Jan. 20 off the
coast of Guam.
Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 guided-missile destroyers, USS Mustin (DDG 89)
and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), will practice tactical operations along with more
than six ships from the JMSDF in a number of exercises including, an anti-air
warfare exercise, anti-submarine warfare exercise, and anti-surface warfare
Destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) fires a MK 45 5-inch
lightweight gun during a live-fire exercise
Maritime assets from the U.S. Navy and JMDSF will include ships, MH-60R Sea Hawk
helicopters embarked on Mustin and McCampbell, Maritime Patrol and
Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA), EA-18G Growlers, and a submarine.
"Our relationship with Japan is grounded in at-sea operations that we conduct
with the JMSDF throughout the region," said Cmdr. Ed Sundberg, commanding
officer of McCampbell. "It is critical that we learn from each other, so we can
continue to improve each country's tactical expertise and response."
Exercises like GUAMEX provide a training environment for enhancing mutual
understanding of each country's tactics, communication protocols, procedures and
general cooperation. Bilateral operations strengthen U.S.-Japan interoperability
and defense capabilities.
Mustin and McCampbell are forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and are operating
together as part of a planned patrol to promote peace and maritime security in
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