Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) kicked off a bilateral advanced warfighting training (BAWT) exercise on Feb. 29.
BAWT is a bilateral training exercise that improves interoperability between U.S. and Japanese forces. The focus of the exercise will be on increasing combat readiness and warfighting excellence of coalition forces.
Participants of the exercise includes the U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Shiloh (CG 67), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Mustin (DDG 89), the JMSDF Takanami-class destroyer JS Suzunami (DD 114), the Asagiri-class destroyer JS Sawagiri (DD 157), and a number of other naval forces.
This year marked the 60th anniversary of the treaty of mutual cooperation and security between the United States and Japan. The United States and Japan have forged a relationship built on a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and regularly conduct bilateral exercises and operations to strengthen regional adherence to international norms.
BAWT 2020 supported the U.S. Navy and JMSDF mission to develop regional capabilities that provide layered defensive options to protect their interests and those of their allies and partners. The participating forces exercised a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of combined forces. These capabilities range from maritime security operations to more complex anti-submarine and air defense exercises.