26 Aug '13, 11am
Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson visits Government of Japan leadership
TOKYO (NNS) -- The vice chief of naval operations (VCNO) met with several key leaders within the government of Japan and its Ministry of Defense Aug. 26. Adm. Mark Ferguson is at the beginning of a series of engagements in Tokyo, at several U.S. Navy installations in Region Japan, and with neighboring local government officials this week. During this first day of the trip, Ferguson met with the Japan Minister of Defense, Itsunori Onodera, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Chief of Staff, Vice Adm. Eiichi Funada. During the discussions Ferguson stressed the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance, the U.S. Navy's commitment to the defense of Japan, and plans to further U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force interoperability. "As we look to the future, the strength of our alliance provides a foundation for even greater interoperability," said Ferguson. "M...