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An MH-60R helicopter is seen aboard the USS Ralph Johnson, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer based in Yokosuka, during a sail through the South China Sea in January.   © U.S. Navy
Asia Insight

U.S. Navy gathers best destroyers in Japan to hunt Chinese submarines

Adding helicopter hangars to ships expands area of operation across Indo-Pacific

KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asia diplomatic correspondent | U.S.

TOKYO -- Off the coast of Japan's glittering capital, the U.S. Navy recently dropped a hint about its shifting strategy in Asia.

In March, the Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force conducted a torpedo drill in Tokyo Bay for the first time. From the air, an MH-60R helicopter launched an inert training torpedo into Japanese waters, simulating an attack on a submarine. Previously, all similar torpedo exercises had been conducted off the shores of San Diego.

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