The United States and Japan have revitalized their commitment to the alliance as leaders Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Mike Gilday and Japan Chief of Staff Joint Staff Gen. Koji Yamazaki met at the Pentagon last week.

Both sides tackled maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, deterrence to adversaries, and amplifying budget priorities and efforts to ensure the area remains “free and open.”

“The US-Japanese alliance is stronger than ever, and is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the region,” said Gilday. “Together, we will ensure security and prosperity, all while increasing multi-lateral cooperation, further information sharing and strategy synchronization, and deterring aggression.”

Maintaining peace and order in the Indo-Pacific waters, the US Navy has been working closely with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), regularly conducting bilateral operations with the revered aircraft carrier USS Ronal Reagan (CVN 76) and other USN-owned ships deployed in the region. The most recent joint exercise between the two navies includes Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), Kakadu, and Pacific Partnership.