US Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force participate in MultiSail 2017

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APRA HARBOR, Guam (March 1, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) joins USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) at Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port visit. Stethem is on patrol in the waters off the coast of Guam supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper/Released)

US Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force participate in MultiSail 2017

by: Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 Public Affairs | .
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published: March 07, 2017

APRA HARBOR, Guam (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are participating in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2017, March 6-10.

Participants include six U.S. Navy ships, two JMSDF ships, and a number of subsurface and other special units.

MultiSail is a bilateral training exercise which improves interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces. This training provides real-world proficiency through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and underwater in response to a range of mission areas. This year's exercise will include in-port and at-sea training by Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center.

MultiSail started in 2004 as a pre-deployment training exercise and has expanded over the years to a bilateral exercise testing some of the latest equipment, tactics, and procedures.

The participating forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of our combined forces. These capabilities range from maritime security operations to more complex anti-submarine and air defense exercises.

The lessons learned from exercises like MultiSail 2017 will assist the U.S. Navy and JMSDF to develop regional capabilities which provide a full range of options in defense of their interests and those of their allies and partners around the world.

This exercise benefits from realistic, shared training scenarios which enhance the ability to work together to confront any contingency. MultiSail prepares forces which will provide the deterrence and stabilizing effects of a force-in-being, ready at the outset of a contingency without delays for build-ups or extensive mission rehearsal.

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