Japanese sub arrives in Sydney for first visit since WWII

A JAPANESE submarine has entered Sydney Harbour for the first time since World War II, just weeks before the Federal Government is tipped to announce which country will build Australia's future subs fleet.

With very little fanfare, JS Hakuryu sailed through the heads about 11am, accompanied by two Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force warships and led by HMAS Ballarat.

The Soryu class Hakuryu is the first Japanese submarine to enter Sydney Harbour in three quarters of a century, and will take part in Exercise Nichi Gou Trident with the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy.

"This exercise, which has been conducted between Australia and Japan since 2009, is an opportunity to develop and enhance the bilateral naval relationship by practising maritime skills and improving levels of interoperability between our two navies," the Defence Department said in a statement.

"This is the first opportunity to conduct the exercise off Sydney."

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