Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Maritime Self-Defense Force conducted a drill with three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy in the Sea of Japan on Sunday.
The exercise was intended to emphasize the Japan-U.S. alliance and strengthen pressure on North Korea, which continues nuclear and ballistic missile provocations.
It was the first time for MSDF ships to carry out a drill with as many as three U.S. aircraft carriers in the Sea of Japan. The three aircraft carriers were the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Nimitz.
“We could demonstrate the strong Japan-U.S. alliance to countries, including North Korea,” through the latest drill, Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of staff at the Self-Defense Forces’ Joint Staff, told reporters.
As well as the aircraft carriers, some other U.S. Navy vessels took part in the drill. From the MSDF, the Ise, Inazuma and Makinami destroyers joined the exercise.
The Navy and MSDF ships jointly carried out communications and tactical training.