Joint exercise between Japan, U.S. fighter jets canceled

Zhang Tao

TOKYO, April 26 (Xinhua) -- A joint exercise scheduled to be carried out between Japanese fighter jets and planes based on U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Wednesday was canceled due to bad weather, Japan's Air Self-Defense Force said.

The Air Self-Defense Force said it may consider rescheduling the exercise.

The planned drill was supposed to involve two F-15s based in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, joining two carrier-based U.S. Navy F/A-18s over waters east of Okinawa.

Two Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers, the Samidare and the Ashigara, were also set to take part in the exercise, along with the Carl Vinson and other Navy ships, the ASDF said earlier Wednesday.


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