American, Japanese Warships Deployed in East China Sea

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) U.S. and Japanese warships conducted cooperative deployment in the East China Sea in what has been interpreted as yet another action aimed at sending a message to China that the area is free for the international movement of warships.

According to the U.S. Navy, ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group joined an amphibious transport dock ship from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force for a cooperative deployment on Jan. 11 and 12.

The ships conducted communications and maneuvering drills as part of the deployment. Officers from the U.S. Navy said that radio calls were exchanged "very clearly" and with quick response times during the routine operation, adding that “our ability to work and train together with our JMSDF partners is a key enabler that ensures security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”

The term Indo-Pacific region has been used by Japanese and American leaders to show the scope of their countries’ military cooperation beyond East Asia, as a check on Chinese expansion in the region.

Units in the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group include the USS Wasp (LHD 1), the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and the amphibious assault ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).

The units are forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

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