Japanese Submarine Arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor
Japanese Submarine Arrives
at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class (SW/AW/SCW) Ronald Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific
Fleet Public Affairs.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaï -- November 1, 2011 -- (NNS)
-- Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine, JS Mochishio (SS 600)
arrived at Naval Station Pearl Harbor to begin their annual training exercises
with the U.S. Navy submarine forces Oct. 31.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)
Oyashio-class submarine JS Mochishio (SS 600) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
to begin an annual training exercise. Mochishio will be conducting both in-port
and at-sea training on undersea tactics, anti-submarine warfare and war-time
Mochishio is here as part of an ongoing strategy of theater
engagement, training and building partnerships. USS La Jolla (SSN 701) of
Commander Submarine Squadron COMSUBRON) 1 will be the host submarine to the
Mochishio during their stay.
"Submarine Squadron One is happy to welcome JS Mochishio to
Pearl Harbor and we look forward to their stay here for the next couple months,"
said Capt. Stanley Robertson, COMSUBRON 1. "As a valued partner in the Pacific,
these visits are important to develop friendships, mutual understanding and to
ensure our readiness to face future contingencies.
Commissioned in March 2008 and based out of Kure, Japan, the
Oyashio-class submarine will be conducting both in-port and at-sea training on
undersea tactics, anti-submarine warfare and wartime strategies. Continued joint
training operations are essential aspects of maintaining strong relationships
and enhancing interoperability with allies in the Pacific.
"This visit is very important to the submarine forces and the
main purpose is to train hard together with the U.S. Navy and learn from each
other," said Cmdr. Ume Hara, Mochiship commanding officer. "The outcome of all
the hard work of both navies will make the Japan-U.S. relationship stronger."
La Jolla's commanding officer, Cmdr. Jeff Bernard said he and
his crew are ready and eager to work with the JMSDF.
"The officers and crew of USS La Jolla are very excited and
proud to be selected to participate as the host submarine, said Bernard. "We are
looking forward to working with the Mochishio".
The upcoming 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.