TSS Asashio Class
In order to achieve full and efficient educational training, the submarine (SS) that is still far from retirement have been changed into a training submarine (TSS). TSS Asashio was the last ship of the SS Harushio class and it carries the latest equipment and armament among the same class ships. As a result, a high level of training is possible for a long period of time.
The National Defense Program Guidelines in and after JFY 2005 and Mid-Term Defense Program (JFY 2005-2009) were adopted by the Security Council and the Cabinet on 10 December 2004. The latest changes to MSDF organisation was elaborated in the December 2004 guiding documents, the National Defence Program Outline (NDPO) and the Mid-Term Defence Program (MDP). It called for maintaining the number of combat-coded submarines at 16. This would imply withdrawing two additional Harushio class submarines from service by 2010 that would otherwise remain in service through the 2015 timeframe. Possibly these boats would also be redesignated as training submarines.
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