US Submarine to Participate in Japan's Naval Competition - US Navy

CC BY-SA 2.0 / Marion Doss / 080530-N-8655E-001The Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) departs from Pier 3 at Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment
The Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) departs from Pier 3 at Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A US Navy Los Angeles-class attack submarine will participate in Submarine Competition (SUBCOMP) conducted by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), US Navy said in a statement.

"In addition to the US submarine, this year’s SUBCOMP will feature several JMSDF submarines, four aircraft wings, an aircraft squadron and five JMSDF ships including the Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise", the statement said on Tuesday.

The competition will take place 13-20 February in the waters south of Japan and the top performing crew will be recognized with the Japanese Battle Efficiency Award, the US Navy noted.

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SUBCOMP’s goal is to test and evaluate Japanese crews on their ability to conduct various aspects of anti-submarine warfare, the Navy said. During the exercise, a US Navy sonar technician will work with Japanese crew on a JMSDF submarine, the Navy added.

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