Keen Sword 2011 

PHILIPPINE SEA (Dec. 10, 2010) - U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships steam together during a photograph exercise, as part of exercise Keen Sword 2011. Keen Sword is a joint bilateral exercise designed to strengthen U.S.-Japan military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Brian Varilla)
USS Shiloh Concludes Keen Sword 2011 
By Lt. j.g. Nelson Balido, USS Shiloh Public Affairs 
SEA OF JAPAN – The guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), the Japanese destroyers JS Kurama (DDH 144) and JS Myoko (DDG 175) ended the exercise Keen Sword 2011 in style with a diamond formation photograph exercise Dec. 10.

Afterwards Shiloh bided farewell to their Japanese counterparts and sailed off into the open sea alongside the Fitzgerald concluding seven-day of non-stop drill exercise.

“We are proud to have had an opportunity to work with JMSDF on this exercise, said Captain Matthew E. Loughlin, Shiloh’s commanding officer. “Ballistic Missile Defense is crucial to the defense of Japan and exercises such as these prove the true friendship, combined capacity, and increasing inoperability between the United States Navy and the Japanese. Maritime Self Defense Force.”

Keen Sword 2011 is designed to strengthen Japan Self Defense Forces and U.S. military interoperability. Tenth in a series of joint bilateral exercises since 1986, the exercise included participation by units from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps coordinating training with their Japan Self Defense Force counterparts at military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa and in the waters surrounding Japan.

Shiloh conducted ballistic missile defense and surface warfare readiness training, communications and data link drills and subject matter expert exchanges during the course of the seven-day exercise.

Shiloh is assigned to Commander Task Force 70 and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.
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