WASHINGTON (NNS) – Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday hosted Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Chief of Staff Adm. Ryo Sakai in Washington, DC, for an office visit, June 28.
The two leaders discussed maritime security and ongoing efforts to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“The alliance between Japan and the United States is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific,” Gilday said. “Our bond with Japan has never been stronger. We share a common vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and together we will work tirelessly to ensure and maintain security and stability in one of the important regions of the world. Admiral Sakai’s visit provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand strategic knowledge of regional security issues as well as engage in productive discussions on how our navies can accelerate critical advances in interoperability.
“The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year, and our history has always been with the United States Navy – protecting peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region,” Sakai said. “The importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance is growing day by day, and today Admiral Gilday and I confirmed our strong bond and our commitment to realizing our shared values of peace and stability in the Indo region. -peaceful”.
The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss how Japan and the United States can increase preparedness, deter and counter malicious gray area activity in the Indo-Pacific, and focus on interoperability. and the interchangeability between the two forces.
The JMSDF and US naval forces regularly operate together around the world. This year, both navies have participated in exercises such as Noble Fusion, Sea Dragon, Resilient Shield and many other bilateral engagements.
It is the first opportunity for the two leaders to meet since Sakai became the JMSDF Chief of Staff in March 2022.