JS Uzushio today in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW/SCW) Ronald Gutridge.

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 Station Pearl Harbor to begin its annual training exercises with U.S. Navy submarine forces Feb.7.

“It is a pleasure to extend a heartfelt Submarine Force ‘Aloha’ to our friends from Japan on their arrival,” said Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. “I’m honored to reciprocate the warm hospitality that Japan shows our U.S. submarines when they deploy to the Western Pacific. While the Pacific Ocean spans many miles, any submariner here in Hawaii will tell you the U.S. and Japan are neighbors.”

Commissioned March 9, 2000, and based in Yokosuka, Japan, the Oyashio-class submarine will be conducting both in port and at sea training on undersea tactics, anti-submarine warfare and war time strategies.

Uzushio is scheduled to attend training at the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific (NSTCP) and the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) to conduct advanced sonar training and submarine damage control, as well as a series of Harpoon missile and torpedo operations during the visit.

“Your Sailors have a lot of experiences and deep knowledge. We want to learn a lot from them, “said Cmdr. Mitsutake Chihara, Uzushio commanding officer.”It’s not only training but also our friendship. I think the friendship between submariners is the strongest in the navies and I hope this visit will make the Japan-U.S. relationship stronger.”

Continued joint training operations are essential aspects of maintaining strong relationships and enhancing interoperability with allies in the Pacific. Chihara emphasized the benefits of working and training together.

“This training gives a lot of merit for both submarine forces,” said Chihara. It is an honor for Uzushio to be invited to the best submarine sanctuary in the Pacific and we are looking forward to improving our skills through the training at good facilities with good instructors.”

The 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.

At “only” 11 years old, Uzushio is about 60% through the average lifespan of JMSDF submarine. Interesting to contrast with USS Los Angeles, which retired last week after 34 years of service.

The last public visit by a JMSDF submarine to Pearl Harbor was last August, when Uzushio‘s sister ship Mochishio crossed the Pacific for RIMPAC 2010.

Last week it was the GSDF exercising with the U.S. Army. This week it’s the MSDF exercising with the U.S. Navy, and the GSDF exercising with the U.S. Marine Corps. Although the tempo is unusually high, none of these schedules are in response to current events.

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