TOKYO, Japan -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Thursday, to further strengthen military ties between the United States and Japan.
Richardson reaffirmed the U.S. Navy’s commitment to maintaining security cooperation with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and broadening and strengthening global maritime awareness and access with Japan and the region.
Both leaders recognized the long-standing defense relationship as the cornerstone of regional security policy.
A Trilateral agreement between the U.S., Japan, and Great Britain was signed in October 2016 to solidify the combined cooperation to increased global maritime commitment to a free and open flow of commerce on the sea.
The U.S. Navy and JMSDF routinely conducts bilateral maritime exercises and operate together to promote security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.