First ever joint counter-piracy exercise between NATO and Japan

By Curious

The first ever joint naval exercise between NATO and Japan has been conducted in the Gulf of Aden. It took place on September 25 and tested the communications and tactical skills between the two fleets.

The counter-piracy drill involved HDMS Esbern Snare, a Danish frigate currently the flagship of the NATO mission, and JS Takanami, a Japanese destroyer.

The commander of Operation Ocean Shield (NATO’s counter-piracy mission), Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, commented:

"By synchronizing our activities and sharing information we stand a much better chance to secure the waters in the region and thereby keeping the sea lanes safe and secure. ”

The tasks, conducted during the exercise, included communication procedures, tactical maneuvering, boarding and securing of vessels.

HDMS Esbern Snare and JS Takanami,

"There is no doubt that the Japan Maritime Self Defence Forces are an important and very capable actor in the region and I am truly looking forward to expanding the fine cooperation NATO has with Japan," added Commodore Jensen.

The joint drill was conducted in line with the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme (IPCP) between Japan and NATO signed in May this year by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.

Source & Image: NATO