Fenton spoke with JSC Commandant Vice Adm. Katsuto Deguchi and the group of senior Japanese officers about the importance of the bilateral relationship between the Japanese and U.S. Armed Forces as the cornerstone of security and stability in the region.
“We have had a very good, transparent, open exchange of information that has been based on strong ties between the U.S. military and the Jietai [Japanese Self-Defense Force],” said Fenton. “The outpouring of support from the government of Japan and Jietai has been tremendous, and we stand together during challenging times.”
Fenton also shared examples of joint exercises in the South China Sea where combined forces worked side-by-side while showing increased presence in the region. “Japan and the U.S. are global partners on defense and security, sharing a vision for a partnership in which Japan and the U.S. work together for the entire region’s benefit by supporting an open, inclusive rules-based order based on international law,” Fenton added. “Our shared interoperability and integrated operations are more important today than ever.”
While at CFAY, attendees also toured the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge and participated in an area operations brief. Event coordinator and Japanese Maritime Self-Dense Force Assistant Chief Liaison Officer Lt. Cmdr. Masato Maruyama received excellent feedback from attendees saying the briefs and tour provided great insight allowing for a better understanding of the U.S. Navy roles and responsibilities in the region. Students also said that they recognized the importance of the joint operations too.
The JSC Special Course is a four-week class designed to educate senior Japanese officers on specific matters in joint operations needed by high level commanders or staff. During the class, participants spend about a quarter of their time taking study tours at Japanese and American bases located throughout Japan.
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