03 August 2017

News Report: Japan, New Zealand Join US Forces for Anti-Submarine Drill in Western Pacific

A US Navy P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Armed forces from the United States, Japan and New Zealand will practice anti-submarine warfare near the Pacific island of Guam for the next ten days, the US Navy announced in a press release on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The exercise named GUAMEX 2017 will include approximately 40 operational scenarios and the opportunity for military-to-military exchange events on aircraft and vessels, the release explained.

"GUAMEX will include multiple aircraft and subsurface assets from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)," the release said.

The US Navy will provide P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft for the July 31-to-August 12 drills, which include air patrol squadrons from Japan and New Zealand, the release added.

This story first appeared on Sputnik & is reposted here with permission.