submarines
JS Uzushio pulls into Pearl Harbor for Exercises

JS Uzushio pulls into Pearl Harbor for Exercises

JS Uzushio arrived in Pearl Harbor yesterday for a round of naval exercises. Here’s the press release. Submarine JS Uzushio Arrives in Hawaii for Training Exercises By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW/SCW) Ronald Gutridge, COMSUBPAC Public Affairs PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine JS Uzushio (SS 592) arrived at Naval...

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YouTube Fridays: New MSDF submarine, Kenryu, launched

The latest boat in the Soryu class — check the X – shaped tail fin configuration. Due for commissioning sometime in mid 2011. What’s with the protrusion on the port aft side? You can see it during the Big Slide. Looks like some kind of box. Temporary, to hide some new feature?

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Japan planning dramatic boost in submarines

So, last week me and this “conflict reporter” guy were hanging out in my backyard, shooting the breeze, and I mentioned that I thought Japan would fortify the Senkaku islands with land-based missiles. Missile, maybe in silos, I said. Something with a permanent presence. No, conflict reporter guy said, submarines. They’ll built more submarines. I...

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U.S. cruise missile submarine surfaces in Japan

U.S. cruise missile submarine surfaces in Japan

USS Michigan, a cruise missile-firing nuclear submarine, has surfaced at Yokosuka Naval Base, outside Tokyo. This was actually on Japanese news last night, but because I couldn’t understand what the newscaster was saying (they were rolling video of the stern of Michigan taken from a private boat) I wasn’t sure if it was news or...

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YouTube: Submarine in Tokyo Bay

A civilian fishing boat tapes its encounter with what appears to be an Oyashio-class diesel electric boat. Doing this in the U.S. to an American submarine would probably get you arrested by the Coast Guard.

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YouTube Fridays: Departing RIMPAC 2010

The Japanese contingent at RIMPAC 2010, underway and heading back to Japan. (Best viewed in 1080p.) The Murusame-class destroyer JS Akebono. The Oyashio-class submarine JS Mochishio. And finally, lead ship of her class, the Aegis destroyer JS Atago.

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Japanese submarine hunts American carrier…it’s RIMPAC 2010!

RIMPAC 2010 is wrapping up, and the final exercise involved JDS Mochishio, a diesel electric submarine of the Oyashio class, and  South Korean submarine Lee Eogki stalking the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Japanese submarines have stalked American carriers before, but this time, nobody got sunk. Diesel electric submarines from Japan and South Korea...

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Japan increasing size of submarine fleet

Japan has announced it will increase the size of its submarine fleet, from 18 patrol submarines and two trainers to “more than 20″, according to this article. Japan is to increase its submarine fleet for the first time in 36 years, the Sankei Shimbun reported Sunday. The plan apparently aims to counter China’s naval build-up...

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