YOKOSUKA, Japan – Lt. Adam Drake, Current Operations Officer (COPS), Commander Submarine Group (CSG) 7/Commander Task Force (CTF) 74 received the Defense Cooperation Award – Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) third class during a ceremony held at JMSDF’s Funakoshi Fleet Headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan on July 11, 2022.
The son of a chief information systems technician stationed in Yokosuka, Drake was born at US Naval Hospital Yokosuka and raised in the Negishi Heights area of Yokohama, Japan. Drake grew up in a bilingual family, speaking Japanese and English.
CTF 74’s close cooperation with the JMSDF submarine force, to include a permanent JMSDF liaison officer working on the staff, made Drake’s ability to speak the local language a huge advantage and asset. for both navies.
“I am truly honored to have received the Defense Cooperation Award – Third Class from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force,” Drake said. “The JMSDF is an incredible ally and together we have accomplished so much – from conducting successful training exercises to significantly increasing bilateral interoperability and executing real-world operations ensuring that Maritime lines of communication remain open against the threat while simultaneously supporting INDOPACOM theater objectives.
Vice Admiral TAWARA Tateki, Commander, Fleet Submarine Force, JMSDF, personally presented the award to Drake.
“Lieutenant. Drake has greatly supported the JMSDF by providing valuable insights and asset coordination,” TAWARA said. “His support as a professional military interpreter during discussions on the flags of major bilateral exercises, such as KEEN EDGE 22, has helped improve interoperability between the two naval services.”
Although his tour at CSG 7 has now ended, Drake will still be based in Japan. After completing his Department Head class from Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) in Newport, Rhode Island, he will join the crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), deployed to the before in Sasebo, Japan.
“My time at CSG 7/CTF 74 has been incredibly empowering and very rewarding,” said Drake. “I was surrounded by winning warriors at every level. Everyone at CSG 7/CTF 74 gave their best every day. It was great to see the men and women of active duty sailors, reserve sailors and civilians all having a positive impact in the defense of freedom and democracy and supporting both national military strategy and the national security strategy in the face of strategic competition.
Submarine Group 7 is responsible for coordinating a diverse fleet of submarines, surface ships, and aircraft deployed in the Western Pacific and the Middle East; two forward-deployed submarine tenders and five Guam-based attack submarines; Submarine Squadron 21 in Bahrain; five ocean surveillance vessels when tasked with anti-submarine warfare operations in theater and two oceanographic survey vessels. Under CSG 7 are two task forces: CTF 74 and CTF 54, which provide theater anti-submarine warfare support from the Red Sea to the International Dateline.
For more information on the Commander of Submarine Group 7, visit www.csp.navy.mil/csg7/.
|Date posted:||08.04.2022 21:58|
|Location:||YOKOSUKA, KANAGAWA, JP|
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