The Indo-Pacific Deployment 2023 (IPD23) Unit conducted an Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise in the South China Sea.

On September 4, the 1st Surface Unit of the Indo-Pacific Deployment 2023, JS IZUMO and JS SAMIDARE conducted an Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise with an IPD23 submarine in the South China Sea to increase awareness of operational environment and to improve its tactical capabilities.
The Self-Defense Fleet maintains readiness and contributes to peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region and the international community in cooperation with allied and like-minded navies, not only for the defense of Japan, but also for the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and a security environment that does not tolerate any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force.