Japanese Naval Officers Visit Camp Lemonnier

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 14, 2012) - Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officer Wuturu Okado asks a question about managing command and control within Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a camp and CJTF-HOA mission brief July 13. The mission of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, one of the U.S. Africa Command components stationed at Camp Lemonnier, is to conduct operations in the combined joint operations area to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 14, 2012) - Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officer Wuturu Okado asks a question about managing command and control within Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a camp and CJTF-HOA mission brief July 13. The mission of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, one of the U.S. Africa Command components stationed at Camp Lemonnier, is to conduct operations in the combined joint operations area to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 14, 2012) - Camp Lemonnier commanding officer U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Bertelsen speaks to visiting Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officers about the different U.S. missions taking place in and around the Horn of Africa July 13. The mission of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, one of the U.S. Africa Command components stationed at Camp Lemonnier, is to conduct operations in the combined joint operations area to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 14, 2012) - Camp Lemonnier commanding officer U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Bertelsen speaks to visiting Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officers about the different U.S. missions taking place in and around the Horn of Africa July 13. The mission of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, one of the U.S. Africa Command components stationed at Camp Lemonnier, is to conduct operations in the combined joint operations area to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 14, 2012) - Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officers enjoy American-style cooking during a visit to Camp Lemonnier July 13. The Japanese officers received a briefing on the Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa mission followed by a tour of the camp. The mission of CJTF-HOA, one of the U.S. Africa Command components stationed at Camp Lemonnier, is to conduct operations in the combined joint operations area to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 14, 2012) - Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officers enjoy American-style cooking during a visit to Camp Lemonnier July 13. The Japanese officers received a briefing on the Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa mission followed by a tour of the camp. The mission of CJTF-HOA, one of the U.S. Africa Command components stationed at Camp Lemonnier, is to conduct operations in the combined joint operations area to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 14, 2012) - A cap bearing the Japanese Training Squadron insignia sits atop a table here July 13. The newly commissioned Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officers visited Camp Lemonnier to learn more about its mission and that of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. The mission of CJTF-HOA, one of the U.S. Africa Command components stationed at Camp Lemonnier, is to conduct operations in the combined joint operations area to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (July 14, 2012) - A cap bearing the Japanese Training Squadron insignia sits atop a table here July 13. The newly commissioned Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officers visited Camp Lemonnier to learn more about its mission and that of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. The mission of CJTF-HOA, one of the U.S. Africa Command components stationed at Camp Lemonnier, is to conduct operations in the combined joint operations area to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Nearly 200 newly-commissioned Japanese naval officers visited Camp Lemonnier July 13 to learn more about their coalition partners serving in and around the Horn of Africa.

Djibouti was one of several port calls for these officers, who recently embarked on their first sea tour in the waters around East Africa to help promote stability in the region.

"This is their first five-month-at-sea tour where they are going to take all of the training they have done and put it in to practice," said U.S. Navy Lt. Deanna Markey, Japanese liaison officer, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

Lt. Cmdr. Naomi Nii, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force aviation staff officer, expressed his views on the importance of coalition partners working alongside militaries and government of countries in East Africa.

"Stability, safety and security is very important to the African people, so partnership between the U.S. and Japanese navies is very helpful," said Nii.

During their visit, the Japanese officers received a briefing on the camp's mission from U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Bertelsen, Camp Lemonnier commanding officer, and a CJTF-HOA mission brief from U.S. Navy Capt. Joseph Horvath, executive assistant to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker, CJTF-HOA commander. U.S. personnel then treated their Japanese guests to a bus tour of the camp and an American-style lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers.

Horvath welcomed the opportunity to speak with the Japanese officers and provide them a look at how the U.S. works with its coalition partners and other nations in the Horn of Africa.

"[The Japanese have] been great partners over the years here at CJTF-HOA, and we appreciate the opportunity to help them better understand our mission and work with us here," said Horvath.

Like their U.S. counterparts, the Japanese participate in various missions throughout the Horn of Africa to help promote regional stability on both land and sea. This five-month sea tour is a unique opportunity for these members of the Japanese MSDF, said Ensign Daisuke Kikuchi, MSDF midshipman.

"The Japanese Navy used to work only around Japan, but now our job has become very international," said Kikuchi in reference to the work the Japanese military performs in the seas around East Africa. "So cooperation [between Japan and coalition partner nations] is very important."

CJTF-HOA personnel work alongside members of other coalition nations to enhance East African partner-nation capacity, promote regional stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests.

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