USS Shoup Conducts PASSEX with JMSDF Training Squadron
SAN DIEGO – The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) and Sailors from ships assigned to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) training squadron conducted successful tactical maneuvering exercises using Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) signals off the coast of San Diego, June 18.

This past April, the Western Pacific Naval Symposium endorsed CUES as a means to communicate tactfully and safely between naval vessels and aircraft.  The system is quickly growing to become the standard means of communication by naval forces.

Shoup and the JMSDF ships JS Setoyuki (TV 3518), JS Asagiri (DD 151), and JS Kashima (TV 3508) performed several communication exercises through the use of flashing lights, flags, and radios

It was a successful event that allowed both Shoup and the JMSDF training squadron to familiarize themselves with the procedures of effective communication during unplanned maritime encounters while at sea.  

“We do not get to do this very often, using flashing lights and flag hoist as means for communication,” said Quartermaster 1st Class Andrew Newton.  “So it was good to be able to train four new quartermasters so they can see how vessels communicated hundreds of years ago.” 

Several midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps were privileged to view the original means of communication between vessels.

“It was cool to see how we used to communicate before the improvement of technology, like bridge to bridge or radio,” said Midshipmen 3rd Class Cohen from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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