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Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

USS RON­ALD REA­GAN: The US and Ja­panese navies es­tab­lished a new level of co­op­er­a­tion to re­sup­ply each other’s ves­sels dur­ing joint ex­er­cises in the seas south of Ja­pan last week, the com­man­der of the US Sev­enth Fleet said yes­ter­day.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Joseph Au­coin said the de­liv­ery of boxes of food and other pro­vi­sions to a Ja­panese war­ship by a U.S. he­li­copter her­alded greater op­er­a­tional in­te­gra­tion. It was the first first time that the two al­lies have shared sup­plies other than ship oil at sea. “It’s a big step for­ward, and we want to do more of that in the fu­ture,” Au­coin said at a press con­fer­ence aboard the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan. The 100,000 ton U.S. air­craft car­rier par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual ex­er­cise along with six other US ships and around 25 Ja­panese Mar­itime Self De­fense Force (JMSDF) ves­sels.

The agree­ment to be­gin such ex­changes means that US ves­sels can now be re­sup­plied by Ja­panese ships in wa­ters closer to Ja­pan and will make it eas­ier for the JMSDF to op­er­ate fur­ther from home wa­ters with the help of US sup­ply ships.

The Ja­panese and US Navy are deep­en­ing al­ready close mil­i­tary ties as Chi­nese mil­i­tary power in the re­gion grows. Vice Ad­mi­ral Ya­suhiro Shi­geoka, com­man­der of the JMSDF fleet, who joined Au­coin at the brief­ing de­scribed the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion sur­round­ing Ja­pan as “se­vere.”

Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe won law­mak­ers’ ap­proval in Septem­ber for new se­cu­rity leg­is­la­tion that al­lows Ja­pan’s mil­i­tary to come to the aid of al­lies un­der at­tack.

Abe said the big­gest shift in Ja­pan’s de­fense pol­icy since the cre­ation of its post-war mil­i­tary in 1954, was vi­tal to meet emerg­ing chal­lenges such as those posed by China’s grow­ing mil­i­tary power. It means the US and Ja­pan can repack­age reg­u­lar joint drills, such as the one in wa­ters about 350 miles (563.27 km)south of Ja­pan “to do more high level so­phis­ti­cated” train­ing.

Based in Yoko­suka Ja­pan, with the United States’ only for­ward de­ployed car­rier, the Sev­enth Fleet with some 80 ves­sels, 140 air­craft and 40,000 sailors is the most pow­er­ful naval force in the western Pa­cific. Af­ter China, Ja­pan is Asia’s sec­ond most pow­er­ful mar­itime na­tion with more than a hun­dred war­ships. — Reuters

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