It has emerged that the U.S. Navy and Marine
Corps held a joint drill in Japan last month,… in an exercise designed to increase battle
readiness in the Indo-Pacific region. According to the U.S. 7th Fleet Command website
on Wednesday,… the joint drill of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Boxer
Amphibious Ready Group was held on September 23rd. It included maritime strike operations, search
and rescue operations, and fast attack craft defense, among others. Watchers say the drill could be a show of
strength to China amid the ongoing trade spat between the two countries.