U.S., France, Japan and Australia hold first combined naval drill in Asia

U.S., France, Japan and Australia hold first combined naval drill in Asia - Reuters

16.5.2019

U.S., France, Japan and Australia hold first combined naval drill in Asia - Reuters

TOKYO (May 16): 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

They practiced formation sailing, live fire drills, and search and rescue, according to a news release from the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

Those manoeuvres in waters through which around a third of the world's maritime trade flows, came after two other U.S. warships sailed near islands in the region claimed by China, prompting a protest from Beijing.

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