Pre-diving training aboard JDS Chihaya

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Submarine Rescue Ship JDS Chihaya will commence diver training in the vicinity of the Shallow Water Recovery Site (SWRS) off of the Honolulu International Airport’s Reef Runway, Monday, Aug. 27.

The objective of this training is to familiarize the JMSDF divers with local Hawaiian diving conditions that are expected to be encountered at the Ehime Maru shallow water site, such as current, water temperature, bottom conditions and underwater visibility. Additional testing of JDS Chihaya’s Remotely Operated Vehicle will also be conducted.

JDS Chihaya's Commanding Officer, Capt. Kuramoto, has underscored the importance of safety for the JMSDF role in Ehime Maru recovery operations. This training will ensure safety remains the highest priority during this operation.
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