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Navy Celebration Marks 50th Anniversary of US-Japan Security Treaty

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Story Number: NNS100119-15
Release Date: 1/19/2010 4:53:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Oki, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West Detachment Japan

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) celebrated the anniversary of their alliance Jan. 19 at a ceremony at the JMSDF Yokosuka District headquarters.

The ceremony marked 50 years to the day after the signing of the treaty that binds the two countries together.

The event included a joint observance of morning colors aboard the Takanami-class guided-missile destroyer JDS Oonami (DD 111) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), which transited to the JMSDF base for the celebration.

Sailors from both ships stood in formation on the pier as the national ensigns of both countries were raised aboard the ships. The U.S. 7th Fleet Band played the Japanese national anthem, while the JMSDF band played the U.S. national anthem.

Vice Adm. John Bird, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, and Vice Adm. Masahiko Sugimoto, commander in chief, Self Defense Fleet, presided over the ceremony and delivered remarks focused on the mutual respect, interoperability and partnership the treaty brought to both countries, and specifically, the navies of both nations.

"We recognize that the alliance between the United States and Japan based on this treaty has contributed to the independence and development of Japan," said Sugimoto. "On this memorable day, we gather both U.S. Navy and JMSDF commanders and Sailors, and reaffirm the significance of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan and pledge towards stronger ties in the future."

Signed Jan. 19, 1960, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Japanese Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan has served as the basis for the strong navy-to-navy relationship between the two countries.

Bird noted that U.S. Navy and JMSDF Sailors work together literally every day.

"Whether training, participating in an exercise, sharing information, coordinating operations, or planning for contingencies this is an alliance built on more than words; it is built on actions that we take each and every day," said Bird.

"Though our uniforms and traditions may vary slightly, our values are identical; love of country, respect for the sea and devotion to service," Bird said. "It is this, which binds us together, and which has made our navy-to-navy relationship the strongest component of our overall alliance."

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