U.S. Boosts Naval Presence in Japan

Asia-Pacific region a strategic priority.

U.S. Boosts Naval Presence in Japan

BY Wendy Laursen

The U.S. Navy announced last week that the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville will join the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force team in Yokosuka, Japan, later this year.

Chancellorsville is fitted with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, and will be the first vessel with that capability to be forward deployed. The Baseline 9 suite of capabilities includes state-of-the-art air, surface and undersea warfare systems.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is the naval branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, tasked with the naval defense of Japan. It was formed following the dissolution of the Imperial Japanese Navy after World War II.

2015 marks 70 years since the end of World War II, and the cruiser’s deployment is a further step in recognizing the two nations’ now common strategic objectives in the region.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

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