The United States and Japan have continued with the biggest combat readiness exercise ever staged in and around Japan.
The nuclear powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier joined Japanese destroyers on Saturday to take part in Keen Sword, a joint military exercise aimed to increase combat readiness and interoperability between the two forces.
The biennial exercise, which kicked off on Wednesday and runs until November 9 and includes a total of 57,000 personnel, involves all three branches of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, as well as the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
“Keen Sword will give U.S. and Japanese forces an opportunity to practice critical air, maritime and amphibious capabilities essential for Japan’s defense and for regional security,” claimed Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez, commander of US Forces Japan.
Martinez said the exercise is a show of US-Japan joint force in the regional waters. “Just as important,…