10 American, Japanese warships join in ‘Multi Sail 2016’ combat exercises

WASHINGTON — Two US Navy combat forces and Japan’s Navy, known as its Maritime Self-Defense Force, are carrying out regular annual training operations in the Pacific Ocean, the Navy News Service reported.

“Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) are participating in the annual bilateral training exercise Multi Sail 2016,” the report stated on Wednesday.

Participants in the exercise include six US surface vessels, four Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, and a number of subsurface and other special units, according to the report.

“This is where the concept of distributed lethality is crucial to our success,” Destroyer Squadron 15 Commander Captain Christopher Sweeney was quoted as saying in the report.

“Distributed Lethality allows us to use weapons at length [and it] forces the adversary to prepare to defend itself at different axes,” Sweeney added.

Multi Sail is a combined training exercise aimed at enhancing successful maritime operations with United States and Japan navies. Participants in the exercise practice their capabilities to find, track and target units at sea, in the air, on land and underwater, the report pointed out. PNA/Sputnik/northboundasia.com