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    VP-26 conducts exercise with Japanese Air Development Squadron 51

    VP-26 conducts exercise with Japanese Air Development Squadron 51

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Aubrey Stueven | 230421-N-HM576-0005 NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (April 21, 2023) Lt Cmdr. Jason...... read more read more

    ATSUGI, KANAGAWA, JAPAN

    04.21.2023

    Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Aubrey Stueven 

    Patrol Squadron Two Six

    NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan – The “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 conducted a U.S.-Japan bilateral exercise with Japanese Air Development P-3C Squadron 51 and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Vice Adm. Matsumoto Tamotsu, Commander, Fleet Air Force, April 21.

    The Tridents worked together with Air Development Squadron 51 to successfully track and target a Japanese submarine to display tactical capabilities and improve interoperability with the JMSDF.

    “Taking every opportunity to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance by understanding each other’s mission capabilities is a key component to our success,” Matsumoto said. “With our joint mission capabilities, we are able to provide support and maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

    The VP-26 Tridents are based in Jacksonville, Florida, and are currently forward deployed to Misawa Air Base in Misawa, Japan. The squadron conducts maritime patrol and reconnaissance, as well as theater outreach operations, as part of a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

    U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, 7th Fleet routinely interacts and operates with 35 maritime nations in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

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    Date Taken: 04.21.2023
    Date Posted: 05.11.2023 02:40
    Story ID: 444496
    Location: ATSUGI, KANAGAWA, JP

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