Military Capabilities

Japan holds rare ASW exercise with Canadian submarine

22 December 2017

Key Points

  • The Japanese and Canadian navies have completed a rare bilateral ASW exercise
  • Activity improves interoperability between the two services, and further strengthens Canadian presence in the Asia-Pacific region

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has completed a series of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drills with the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) Victoria-class submarine, HCMS Chicoutimi .

The drills, which follow an inaugural bilateral exercise between the two services known as ‘KAEDEX’, were carried out in waters south of Japan’s main island of Honshu on 19 December, the JMSDF said the following day.

Japanese vessels that participated in the exercise included the JMSDF’s lead Izumo-class helicopter carrier (DDH 183), its first- and seventh-of-class Murasame-class destroyers Murasame (DD 101) and Ikazuchi (DD 107), and its lead Hatakaze-class destroyer (DDG 171).

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