New information is surfacing about a Japanese submarine military exercise in the South China Sea.

It is not intended for specific countries.” According to the Nikkei Asian Review, this is the first public announcement that the MSDF revealed military exercises by a submarine in the region.

During the exercise, destroyers worked with helicopters to hunt for the submarine using sonars, while the Kuroshio pursued the carrier as it lurked beneath the waters.

“It's a demonstration of Japan's will to maintain a balance of power.” Michishita called it “very significant” that Tokyo would even send anti-submarine warfare capability because China regularly operates nuclear-powered submarines in the area.

After the exercise, the Japanese sub made a port call to Cam Ranh Bay Monday to visit their Vietnamese friends.

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