Navy joins Japan and UK for submarine-hunting exercise in Philippine Sea
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. sailors have joined forces with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy for the first time during a submarine-hunting exercise in the Philippine Sea.
The opportunity for the two-day trilateral exercise, which was expected to wrap up Saturday, surfaced following the completion of a nine-month deployment by the Royal Navy’s oldest serving frigate, HMS Argyll, according to a Navy statement Thursday.
Alongside the Argyll, the JMSDF helicopter destroyer JS Izumo and a Navy submarine are also taking part in the anti-submarine warfare exercise Submarine Group 7 commander Rear Adm. James Pitts said in the statement.
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