Carrier Strike Group, JMSDF Wrap Up Keen Sword 2011
Communication Specialist Seaman Cheryl Callahan, USS George
Washington Public Affairs
Posted: December 15, 2010
– The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) and Japan Maritime
Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) concluded the joint bilateral exercise
Keen Sword 2011, Dec. 10.
The exercise began Dec. 3 and involved units from the U.S. Army,
Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, working closely with their Japan
Self Defense Force (JSDF) counterparts at military bases throughout
mainland Japan, Okinawa and in the waters surrounding Japan.
"I am exceptionally pleased with the outcome of the training we
conducted with the Kaijo Jietai," said Rear Adm. Dan Cloyd,
commander, Task Force 70. "For many years we've been operating
together side-by-side and today, because of the inspiring efforts of
our teams and all those who have gone before us, we effectively
serve as one force."
More than 54,000 service members, 60 U.S. and JMSDF ships and 430
aircraft participated in this year's exercise. Keen Sword 2011 was
one of the largest joint operations exercises in the world this
In addition to testing both nation's interoperability in the areas
of integrated air and missile defense, close air support (CAS) and
maritime defense and interdiction, USS George Washington (CVN 73)
hosted more than 30 Sailors from the JMSDF who coordinated the naval
portion of the exercise from aboard the aircraft carrier. Dozens of
others visited the ship throughout Keen Sword as part of an
"I've operated with the JMSDF for many years," said Capt. David A.
Lausman, USS George Washington (CVN 73) commanding officer. "They're
extremely professional sailors, and I welcome the opportunity to
serve by their side. When sailing alongside the JS Ikazuchi, it was
just like sailing next to a U.S. Navy ship. There was no
This was the tenth time the U.S. Navy and the JMSDF have met to
conduct the Keen Sword exercise which began in 1986. The timing of
this exercise also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the
signing of the US-Japan Cooperation and Security Treaty.
"For more than half a century, this alliance has served as the
foundation for collective security and prosperity in the
Asia-Pacific region," said Cloyd. "The Kaijo Jietai and U.S. Navy
are committed to ensuring that our professional relationship and
close friendship continues to serve each of our nations for many
years to come."