US, France, Japan and Australia hold first combined naval drill in Asia


Warships from France, Japan, Australia and the United States held their first ever combined naval exercise on Thursday, in a new show of force in Asian waters by the United States and its allies who are wary of China’s growing power.

The French aircraft carrier, FS Charles de Gaulle and its escorts, were joined the Bay of Bengal by five other naval vessel, including a Japanese helicopter carrier, a U.S. guided missile destroyer and an Australian submarine.  They practiced formation sailing, live fire drills, and search and rescue, according to a news release from the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

As China’s military power grows in the region, the United States and Japan are looking to forge stronger defence ties with other countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, including France and the Britain, that could help counterbalance China’s expanding influence.   Read More

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