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'Steel Hammer' Hosts JSDF Joint Staff College

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Story Number: NNS060206-10
Release Date: 2/6/2006 11:44:00 AM

From USS Kitty Hawk Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) welcomed 40 officers of the Japan Self Defense Force Joint Staff College for a ship tour during a visit to Yokosuka Naval Base Jan. 18.

Members of the Joint Staff College, including Lt. Gen. Taketika Takahashi, the commandant of the Joint Staff College, were given a guided and in depth tour of Curtis Wlibur.

Cmdr. Brian O'Donnell, commanding officer of Curtis Wilbur, greeted the guests in the wardroom and presented command ball caps and commemorative coins to the visitors.

The tour included a trip to the forecastle, which serves to support the ship’s anchor, weather deck areas and as well as the missile decks. There, the Joint Staff College officers were briefed on the two vertical launch systems housed on the missile decks that enable Curtis Wilbur to conduct anti-airwarfare and strike missions using the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile.

While onboard, the guests toured the pilot house, which includes the bridge, and is where the ship is piloted from. The JMSDF officers were taken into the combat information center, where the ship’s radars, other sensors and weapon systems are managed.

More than one of the visiting officers noted the similarities between the U.S. and JMSDF ships, notably the Aegis combat suite.

Aegis is a combat system that links the ship’s highly capable radars, sensors and weapons systems through advanced software, giving the ship and others like it an unsurpassed defensive capability.

Lt. Diane Quattrone, the ship’s operations officer, assisted Japanese officers during the tour and was proud to show off her ship to the JMSDF guests.

"This tour highlighted the unique opportunity Curtis Wilbur has to establish a professional relationship with our Japanese counterparts,” said Quattrone. “Curtis Wilbur looks forward to future opportunities both inport and at sea, to enhance relations between our forces."

Curtis Wilbur is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and operates out of Yokosuka, Japan.

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