U.S., Japan conduct joint-bilateral field training exercise

ASAN, Guam — Units from the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces conducted Exercise Keen Sword 17 from Oct. 30 to Nov. 11 on mainland Japan, in Okinawa and in the air and waters surrounding Japan, Guam and Tinian. Keen Sword is the largest joint-bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. and Japan militaries, according to a release from the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office.

KS17 is designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability within the framework of the U.S.-Japan alliance. The exercise has been conducted since 1986 . . .

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