Royal Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force, along with US and Dutch vessels, participate in maritime security exercise.
The British and Japanese navies have held an anti-piracy exercise off the coast of Somalia. The exercise included US and Dutch vessels and the Royal Navy’s largest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, the flagship for the UK Carrier Strike Group which is en route to Japan.
During the joint manoeuvres, the multi-national flotilla participated in replenishment at sea and anti-piracy drills. The Japanese destroyer Setogiri and P-3C patrol planes took part and have now been despatched to conduct anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
Japanese defence minister, Nobuo Kishi said: “Together with Britain, the United States and the Netherlands, we have demonstrated our willingness and capability to ensure the safety of sea traffic that is the cornerstone of global prosperity,” Kishi told a press conference Tuesday.