A Japanese Oyashio-class submarine has recently taken part in a naval exercise held in the disputed South China Sea.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo said on 17 September said that the anti-submarine warfare exercise held by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) on 13 September involved submarine JS Kuroshio (SS 596), and three other vessels, including Izumo-class helicopter carrier JS Kaga (DDH 184).
The MoD said that the submarine joined JS Kaga on the high seas but in an area believed to be within China’s ‘nine-dash line’ claim, thus prompting criticism from Beijing.
Speaking on national TV, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on 17 September that the drill was “aimed at enhancing the JSDF’s [Japan Self-Defense Force’s] capabilities and not at targeting any specific nation”.
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