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PACIFIC DRAGON Multinational Missile Defence Exercise

Pacific Ocean, 09 August 2022, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) launches a Standard Missile 3 Block IA as part of PACIFIC DRAGON 22 [US Navy photo]

Last night the Pentagon announced the US, Republic of Korea, and Japan have participated in the PACIFIC DRAGON missile defence exercise.


Press Release, Washington DC, 15 August 2022: IMMEDIATE RELEASE – From August 8-14, 2022, the United States Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy participated in a missile warning and ballistic missile search and tracking exercise during the multinational PACIFIC DRAGON exercise off the coast of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Hawaii. The US, Japanese, and ROK participants shared tactical data link information in accordance with a trilateral information sharing agreement.

Following the June 11 US-ROK-Japan Trilateral Ministerial Meeting in Singapore, this missile warning and ballistic missile search and tracking exercise demonstrated the commitment of the US, ROK, and Japan to furthering trilateral cooperation to respond to DPRK challenges, protecting shared security and prosperity, and bolstering the rules-based international order.


PACIFIC DRAGON 2022 Concludes

Multinational ships sail in formation in the Hawaiian Islands Operating Area during Exercise PACIFIC DRAGON, 12 August 2022[US Navy: ECT2CL Leland T Hasty II]

US 3rd Fleet News Release, Hawaii, 15 August 2022: Forces from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Navy, US Missile Defense Agency, and US Navy successfully conducted PACIFIC DRAGON 2022 (PD22), a recurring biennial multinational air and missile defence exercise, from August 5-15, 2022, in Hawaii at Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands (PMRF) and off the coast of Kauai. PD22 was the first iteration of exercise PACIFIC DRAGON that included a live fire intercept of a short range ballistic missile using a Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IA.

Assets that participated in PD22 included HMAS Sydney (DDG 42), HMAS Supply (A 195), HMCS Vancouver (FFH 331), JS Haguro (DDG 180), ROKS Sejong the Great (DDG 991), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Kauai.

PACIFIC DRAGON is a biennial exercise designed to improve tactical and technical coordination and interoperability concerning regional air and missile defence capability.

An integral part of US Pacific Fleet, US 3rd Fleet operates naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary to execute our Navy’s role, in support of US Indo-Pacific Command and the joint force, across the full spectrum of military operations–from combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. US 3rd Fleet works together with our Allies and partners to advance freedom of navigation, the rule of law, and other principles that underpin security and a free and open Indo-Pacific.


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