JS AKEBONO participates in the Philippines-US-Australia-Japan Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA)

On 7 April 2024, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) deploys JS AKEBONO to conduct Quadrilateral Exercise with the U.S. Navy, Australian Navy and Air Force and Philippine Navy as part of the Philippines-US-Australia-Japan Maritime Cooperative Activity (MCA) in the South China Sea,
The MCA, which runs from April 6-7, aims to enhance regional maritime security cooperation among the four countries, and promote freedom of navigation towards the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.” Various tactical trainings will also be held including anti-submarine warfare training, tactical exercise, link exercise (LINKEX) and photo exercise (PHOTOEX).
In a joint statement released by the Defense Heads of the Philippines, U.S. Australia and Japan, Japan’s Minister of Defense KIHARA Minoru underscores the importance of cooperating with like-minded countries to ensure regional peace and stability. He also states that the issue concerning the South China Sea is directly related to the peace and stability of the region and a legitimate concern of the international community and expressed Japan’s opposition towards any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the region.