Military Capabilities

US destroyer homeport shift bolsters Western Pacific missile defence and alliance with Japan

13 February 2019

Moving the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) to Japan from the US West Coast helped enhance regional missile defence and relations with Japan, said Admiral Philip Davidson, commander, US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM).

“The US Navy (USN) completed its forward deployment of the USS MILIUS from San Diego, California, to Yokosuka, Japan in [the second quarter of] 2018,” Adm Davidson testified during 12 February hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “This port shift provides the U.S. Seventh Fleet improved capability to support the US-Japan Alliance.”

The shift also bolsters missile defence in the region, he noted, during a time of increased concern over such weapons.

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