In this file photo, a Standard Missile (SM) launches from USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during training in the Western Pacific. (U.S. Navy/FC2 Kristopher G. Horton)

YOKOSUKA, Japan - U.S. forces and Japan Self-Defense Forces counterparts will participate in Resilient Shield 2020 beginning Feb. 24 at Fleet Activities Yokosuka and other command centers throughout the region.

Resilient Shield is an annual computer-based Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise focused on ballistic missile defense (BMD), designed to test U.S. naval tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) against potential regional threats while ensuring Japanese and U.S. forces are well-rehearsed in executing those TTPs.

"Resilient Shield provides a synthetic training environment in which joint, bilateral forces hone tactical and operational skills necessary to address and defeat the most stressing missile defense contingencies in the INDOPACOM region," said Capt. Michael Smith, director of 7th Fleet task force integrated air and missile defense.

Resilient Shield 2020 is specifically focused on maintaining and improving the integrated operational capabilities of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and joint U.S. forces throughout the BMD exercise.

Both U.S. Navy and JMSDF BMD-capable ships, along with the U.S. Air Force and JASDF, provide a robust missile defense capability that supports regional security and stability.

More than 77 Japanese and U.S. commands will be participating in Resilient Shield 2020.

Commander, Task Force 70 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, and is the ready, credible force capable of supporting and defending U.S. interests and allies in the Indo-Pacific.