United States, Japan, Australia, and the Philippines Hold Joint Naval Drills

For the first time, the United States, the Philippines, Japan, and Australia will hold a joint naval drill within the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) today, April 7th.

The joint forces performed division tactics, or “Officer of the Watch” maneuvers, communication exercises, and photo exercises.

The purpose of this drill is to bolster interoperability between the four nations in a maritime setting.

Photo showing the ships from today’s exercise. Source: TeamAFP
Photo identifying the vessels involved. Source: Team AFP