The USS Ronald Reagan’s deployment indicates an upgrade, as the aircraft carrier it’s replaced in Japan, the USS George Washington, had complex systems and technology.
“Just just like a brand new automobile we’ve got the hottest and greatest, we’ve got GPS, we’ve got the back up mirror so we are able to see what’s behind us,” Captain Chris Bolt, the aircraft carrier’s commander, told a separate press briefing on the pier at Yokosuka naval base.
“We possess some incredible order and management abilities.”
In a tilt towards Asia, its forces are rebalancing, deploying 60 percent of its own navy to the area, including its most sophisticated boats.
In a retreat from 70 years of state pacifism, Japanese lawmakers approved legislation that would empower the military to fight abroad for the very first time since World War Two in Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pursuing a doctrine of collective self defense as a way to counterbalance the military power of an increasingly assertive China, with allies intended to give his country a larger role in regional security.
The changes enacted last month are likely to lead to enhanced cooperation involving the Japanese and U.S navies.
“We’ve many, many activities that people do, we’re really interoperable due to our gear as well as our training.