By CTF 70 Public Affairs
APRA HARBOR, Guam (March 6, 2017) – The U.S. Navy and the 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 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, and a number of subsurface and other special units.
MultiSail is a bilateral training exercise that 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 Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to develop regional capabilities that 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 that enhance our ability to work together to confront any contingency. MultiSail prepares forces that will provide the deterrence and stabilizing effects of a force-in-being, ready at the outset of a contingency without delays for buildups or extensive mission rehearsal.