Front to rear: USS Stockdale, JS Kurama, USS Gridley.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 10, 2011) – The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Kurama (DDH 144) leads a formation with the guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley (DDG 101) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106) during a Passing Exercise (PASSEX).  Stockdale and Gridley are underway with the Carl Vinson Strike Group on a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans)

Seems like almost every day ships of the JMSDF and the U.S. Navy are operating together. Yeah, why not have a joint command?

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