FRIDAY FOTO Extra (Nov. 18, 2011)
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U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge
Just a few days before U.S. Air Force C-120 cargo lifters flew past Japan’s Mount Fuji (see FRIDAY FOTO below), a Japanese submarine was visiting Pearl Harbor as part of a joint training mission with the U.S. Navy. Note the welcoming lei draped on the conning tower.
The sub, the JS Mochishio — officially a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Oyashio class submarine — arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Oct. 31, 2011. The diesel-electric Mochishio, commissioned in 2008 and based in Kure, Japan, will be conducting both in-port and at-sea training on undersea tactics, anti-submarine warfare and war time strategies.
The annual training exercise shows just how far relations between Japan and the United States have progressed since World War II. Next month marks the 70th anniversary of the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Kure, the Mochishio’s homeport, was attacked repeatedly by U.S. bombers in the closing months of the war. Japan and the United States are now among each other’s largest economic, trade and defense partners.
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