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Submarine, Chinese frigate spotted near disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

12 January 2018

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Jiangkai II-class frigate and an unidentified foreign submarine were spotted sailing near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on 10–11 January, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD).

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), which deployed Abukuma-class frigate JS Oyodo ; Takanami-class destroyer JS Onami ; and P-3C maritime patrol aircraft to the area, spotted the submerged submarine travelling on 10 January in the 24 n mile (44 km) contiguous zone east-northeast of Miyako Island – located in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture – and leaving the area the following morning.

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