Japan Coast Guard’s first South China Sea drill

The Japan Coast Guard’s Tsugaru patrol boat and three vessels from the Maritime Self-Defense Force, including the helicopter carrier Izumo on the right in the background, in a joint exercise in waters in the South China Sea on June 26. (Provided by the Japan Coast Guard)

The Japan Coast Guard and the Maritime Self-Defense Force conducted their first joint drill in the South China Sea on June 26, in a move apparently aimed at reining in China’s aggressive behavior in the region, the Ashai Shimbun reports.

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