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Ex-MSDF vice admiral calls collision unacceptable

  • February 8, 2021
  • , NHK WORLD
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A retired vice admiral of the Maritime Self-Defense Force says the collision between a submarine and a commercial vessel on Monday was an accident that should not have occurred.

 

The collision between submarine Soryu and the commercial ship occurred some 40 kilometers southeast of Cape Ashizuri in Kochi Prefecture, at around 11:00 a.m. on Monday.

 

Professor Ito Toshiyuki of Kanazawa Institute of Technology Toranomon Graduate School of Innovation Management has served as a submarine captain.

 

He told NHK on Monday that submarines are most prone to accidents when they are raising periscopes at their masts above water, as it becomes difficult to confirm its surroundings.

 

He said the crew are naturally aware of this, and can carefully perform the procedure, confirming the safety around the sub with sonar systems.

 

Ito said the sonar system may not have been functioning well, but if this was not the case, there is a need to confirm whether there were any problems with the crew’s skills or their teamwork.

 

He added the performances of Japanese submarines and the navigating skills of their crews have been highly evaluated. He said the MSDF has been operating its submarines extremely carefully to avoid any minor accidents.

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