USS Lassen, Japanese Destroyers Engage in Drills

The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) conducted bilateral operations with two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyers in support of region surface warfare operations, Feb. 11 and 13.

Lassen executed helicopter cross-deck operations, surface warfare tactics, flag hoist drills, communication drills, and personnel exchanges with JS Hamagiri (DD155) and JS Kurama (DDH 144), respectively.

The planned events enabled ships from both nations to work together and execute tactical exercises in partnership with allied countries.

Personnel from both ships were able to experience the operations of the allied ship. From lunch in the wardroom to spending time on the bridge, Lassen crew members were able to understand how their counterparts act towards a common mission.

Lassen, one of seven destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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