Japan's older classJS Oyashio (SS-511) training submarine has no AIP but relies on lead-acid batteries. The Oyashio class preceded the better known Soryu class. This will be the first Japanese submarine visit to the Philippines in 15 years. Behind Oyashio can be seen
destroyer JS Ariake (DD-109). (Photo courtesy Agency France Press-JIJI via Japan Times).
Japan is providing increasing aid to the Philippines (including small observation aircraft and in future small patrol boats) and plans to give aid to Vietnam (if requested by Vietnam).
of the Asagiri class. Upfront behind the gun is a Mk.16 (Type 74) ASROC anti-submarine rocket octuple
launcher (this carries 8 rockets, each with a lightweight torpedo). Amidships are 2 x quadruple Harpoon launchers. One MHI built SH-60J(K) anti-sub helicopter. Visiting
VisitingSubic Bay, Philippines, April 2016, then visiting Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, later in April 2016 is JS Setogiri (DD-156) (an Asagiri-class destroyer), Commissioned 1990, 5,000 tons full load
Submarine Matters reported previously on this FONOP at Japan's Navy and Aid Becomes More Active in the South China Sea, March 8, 2016.
As reported in Submarine Matters the article Subic Bay, Philippines, Still Important to US Navy, November 12, 2015 many US ships and submarines visit Subic and Manila Bays each year.