HACHINOHE, Japan -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), is underway supporting U.S. Marines and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) as part of Resolute Dragon, Dec. 15.
The exercise is taking place in multiple locations across Japan, Dec. 4 -17.
The destroyer is performing air controller duties for the joint and allied aircraft participating, enhancing interoperability and readiness during the exercise as part of maritime warfare integration from the sea.
“We are very excited to be participating in Resolute Dragon. Ralph Johnson recently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan and I could not think of a better way to kick off our time here than to work with the Japanese Self Defense Forces alongside our US Marine Corps and US Air Force shipmates,” said Cmdr. Colin Roberts, commanding officer of USS Ralph Johnson. This exercise will strengthen the ties between our two countries and demonstrate our enduring ability to work seamlessly together as an effective team in multiple domains—air, ground, and sea.”
Resolute Dragon is designed to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the U.S.-Japan Alliance by refining procedures for bilateral command, control, and coordination in a geographically distributed environment.