Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Hosts Japanese Submarine

From the original post on the Navy’s website we bring you an update: The Japan Maritime Self-defense Force, JS Mochishio just arrived to Hawaii at Pearl harbor to begin their yearly training with U.S. Submarine Forces. The submarine divisions have been training together as a part of a strategy of theater engagement, training, and building partnerships. The upcoming exercises are designed to enhance the tactical proficiency of warfare capabilities in a variety of sea operations and strengthen their knowledge in joint training operations. The Japanese Submarine will be docked at the joint base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. “Submarine Squadron One is happy to welcome JS Mochishio to Pearl Harbor and we look forward to their stay here for the next couple months,” said Capt. Stanley Robertson, COMSUBRON 1. “As a valued partner in the Pacific, these visits are important to develop friendships, mutual understanding and to ensure our readiness to face future contingencies.” “The officers and crew of USS La Jolla are very excited and proud to be selected to participate as the host submarine, said Bernard. “We are looking forward to working with the Mochishio”. Based out of Kure, Japan, the JS Mochishio is an Oyashio-class submarine and during its stay and training in Hawaii it will perform in-port as well as at-sea training  on undersea tactics, anti-submarine warfare, and war time strategies. “This visit is very important to the submarine forces and the main purpose is to train hard together with the U.S. Navy and learn from each other,” said Cmdr. Ume Hara, Mochiship commanding officer. “The outcome of all the hard work of both navies will make the Japan-U.S. relationship stronger.”

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