A greater East Asia bulwark against Chinese Hegemony?
Would it make sense for the US to buy Taigei class submarines? Is it possible for the US to buy them under Japan’s three principles? Do they have the capacity to build them for the US if it made sense for us to purchase them and it was possible?
It seems like there are multiple advantages of the US buying Taigei class submarines. They would be built by the Japanese which would lessen the strain on our own shipyards to build up our navy and increase the capacity for the Japanese to build up theirs if needed. Repair and refit of the submarines could be done in Japan which would lessen the burden on our own shipyards. They would provide new, unique submarine capabilities the US doesn’t currently have. They would constantly be forward deployed in the region. Some of them could be transferred back to the Japanese if the need arises. It could further strengthen ties between the US and Japanese navies.
What type of vessel would be best suited for a multi-national Indian Ocean/South China Sea/East China Sea Freedom of Navigation Squadron opposing Chinese shenanigans? What nations would participate?