Sunday, November 22, 2009


021116-N-3236B-014 At sea aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Nov. 16, 2002 -- PH3 Lindsay Minturn, of Sequim, Wash., a photographer stationed aboard Kitty Hawk, photographs American and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships from the flight deck of the ship. The ships and sailors are participating in Exercise Keen Sword 2003 off the coast of Southern Japan. Keen Sword 2003 is the seventh in a series of regularly scheduled joint/bilateral field training exercise since 1986 involving the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and United States military. The purpose of Keen Sword is to train and evaluate wartime functions and bilateral cooperation procedures against the backdrop of a regional contingency scenario that has direct and immediate consequences to the U.S. and Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Ted Banks. (RELEASED)

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