Japanese Submarine to Visit the Philippines

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    Japanese Submarine to Visit the Philippines Amid South China Sea Tensions

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    By Prashanth Parameswaran
    March 08, 2016

    A Japanese submarine is set to visit the Philippines for the first time in 15 years along with two warships that will then sail onto Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions, Reuters reported Monday.

    The report cited sources as saying that the Japanese submarine, which is used for training, and the destroyers will arrive in the Philippines in April, with the escort vessels later sailing on to Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay base.

    “It sends a message. It is important for Japan to show its presence,” the source, which declined to be identified, reportedly said Monday. Philippine military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla also said that the Southeast Asian state was informally aware that a Japanese submarine is set to visit Subic Bay in April.

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