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Final shots of Keen Sword
A formation of ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force cruise in the Pacific Ocean at the conclusion of exercise Keen Sword, which took place Dec. 3-10. Identified as the largest joint, bilateral field training exercise between the two nations in Japan, Keen Sword 11 was designed to allow the two militaries to practice and evaluate the coordination procedures and interoperability elements required to effectively and mutually respond to the defense of Japan, or to a regional crisis or contingency situation in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo)

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