Sixty years ago, Americans couldn’t have dreamed of the day when a Japanese warship — capable of putting a whoopin’ on anything that gets in its way — would be escorting a U.S. Naval supply ship through dangerous waters.
But that day has come. Japan and the United States are working hand-in-hand to make sure that any threat originating from North Korea is swiftly dealt with in a punishing matter.
Our sailors have nothing but the highest respect for their Japanese Navy counterparts and we’re sure the feeling is mutual.
A Japanese warship will escort a Navy supply vessel for the first time as the allies work to counter North Korean missile threats, Japanese media reports say.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Izumo departed Yokosuka Monday to link up with the USNS Richard E. Byrd off the Boso peninsula near Tokyo.
The ships will then head to the coast of Shikoku, one of Japan’s four major southern islands, where the Byrd will resupply an unnamed Navy warship helping defend against North Korean missiles, according to Asahi and Mainichi newspaper reports citing unnamed Japanese government sources.
7th Fleet officials confirmed the Izumo and Byrd are traveling together but would not confirm mission details.
Although not officially an aircraft carrier, which are banned under Japan’s constitution, the Izumo can launch helicopters and accommodate V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
The allies, who are concerned about North Korean missiles, both have warships equipped with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which is designed to intercept enemy ballistic missiles.
SHARE this on Facebook and Twitter if you love seeing the United States and Japan working together to protect the world against a North Korean threat!