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U.S. missile defense ship arrives in Japan
Reuters & Yahoo! ^ | August 29, 2006 | Isabel Reynolds

Posted on 08/28/2006 10:21:29 PM PDT by jdm

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The USS Shiloh, the first missile-defense capable ship to be deployed in Japan, arrived in the port of Yokosuka on Tuesday, eight weeks after North Korea unnerved the region with a barrage of missile tests.

The deployment of the Shiloh, boasting Standard Missile-3 interceptors for shooting down medium-range ballistic missiles, is a highly symbolic first step in a joint U.S.-Japanese program to try to shield Japan and the region from any a missile attack.

The two allies stressed the significance of the ship's arrival as an example of the importance the United States attaches to its security alliance with Japan, although the chances of preventing a missile attack on the country with a single vessel are slim.

U.S. and Japanese officials welcomed the 10,000-tonne cruiser and its 360 crew at a colorful ceremony that included a Japanese-style taiko drum performance by U.S. sailors.

"The United States remains committed to the defense of Japan and peace and stability in the western Pacific,," U.S. Navy Secretary Donald Winter said at the ceremony.

In July, Pyongyang test-fired a series of ballistic missiles, an incident that drew attention to Japan's lack of defense systems eight years after Tokyo was spooked by a previous North Korean ballistic missile test in 1998.

Many analysts, however, have cast doubt on whether missile defense systems can reliably shoot down incoming missiles, and they criticize the program for drawing funds away from other areas of defense spending.

Missile defense accounts for 140 billion yen ($1.2 billion) of Japan's 4.81 trillion yen ($41 billion) defense budget this year.

The defense agency plans to seek a record 219 billion yen for missile defense in the fiscal year from next April 1, Kyodo news agency reported, although such requests are usually whittled down in the budget process.

As a second line of defense, the U.S. military will begin to install Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptors at its Kadena Air Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa in September and plans to make them partly operational by the end of the year.

The ship-to-air SM-3 interceptors are designed to shoot down ballistic missiles in mid-flight, when they fly outside the earth's atmosphere, while ground-based PAC-3 interceptors target missiles in their terminal phase, shortly before they reach their targets.

Japan also plans to install its own missile defense hardware, including fitting its four Aegis radar system-equipped warships with SM-3s, but the first of these ships will not be ready until sometime in the financial year that starts next April.

Kyodo news agency said the United States had offered to provide Japan with up to 80 more Patriot missiles, as Japan seeks to speed up its own deployment of ground-based interceptor missiles.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japan; missiledefense; northkorea; ship; shipmovement; usn; ussshiloh

1 posted on 08/28/2006 10:21:29 PM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm
Many analysts, however, have cast doubt on whether missile defense systems can reliably shoot down incoming missiles, and they criticize the program for drawing funds away from other areas of defense spending.

I'll take my chances .. having this system is better then nothing

2 posted on 08/28/2006 10:24:30 PM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: Mo1

Never missing the chance to criticize it.


3 posted on 08/28/2006 10:34:38 PM PDT by Crazieman (The Democratic Party: Culture of Treason)
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To: jdm

4 posted on 08/28/2006 10:39:49 PM PDT by bnelson44 (Proud parent of a tanker! (Charlie Mike, son))
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To: Mo1
No I think they might have a point. To reliably shoot down missiles we should have about 100 aegis cruisers sporting sm3's instead of 14 (12 I think with sm2.) Let's cut some social pork spending and get on the ball.
5 posted on 08/28/2006 10:50:32 PM PDT by Dosa26 (p-q4)
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To: Dosa26
No I think they might have a point. To reliably shoot down missiles we should have about 100 aegis cruisers sporting sm3's instead of 14

I may be mistaken .. but the way I read it .. some analysts were critical of any and not advocating for more

6 posted on 08/28/2006 10:55:32 PM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: Dosa26

what a beautiful ship!
My great granddaddy fought at Shiloh
CSA....


7 posted on 08/28/2006 11:07:28 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Mo1

You read the authors (and some analysts) intention correctly. I was just being a bit silly, turning the argument on its head and expressing my support for a system that I think will work, not to mention that it is built on a beautiful platform.


8 posted on 08/28/2006 11:10:27 PM PDT by Dosa26 (p-q4)
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To: Dosa26
ahhhhhh ... sorry for my slowness in understanding :0)
9 posted on 08/28/2006 11:14:10 PM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: LeoWindhorse

This photo was taken from Webshots...it is the USS Cole...not the Shilo.


10 posted on 08/28/2006 11:59:17 PM PDT by Birdsbane (If You Are Employed By A Liberal Democrat...Quit!)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Shiloh..oops...


11 posted on 08/29/2006 12:01:01 AM PDT by Birdsbane (If You Are Employed By A Liberal Democrat...Quit!)
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To: Birdsbane

ok
ddg67
vs
CG67

got it


12 posted on 08/29/2006 12:03:44 AM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Birdsbane
This photo was taken from Webshots...it is the USS Cole...not the Shiloh.

OOps. Sorry. Google steered me wrong. USS Shiloh


13 posted on 08/29/2006 12:21:02 AM PDT by Dosa26 (p-q4)
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To: Dosa26

67. Interesting number...


14 posted on 08/29/2006 1:54:28 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: jdm

About time the Japaneese become a nuke country so they can protect themselves against the N.Koreans and the chi-coms.
Maybe South Korea sould go nuke also. It is the game the Chi-coms and little chia kim have been playing, about time they have something to fear too.


15 posted on 08/29/2006 2:46:50 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: LeoWindhorse
what a beautiful ship!

it's also real fast... 50+ knots

16 posted on 08/29/2006 2:56:11 AM PDT by sit-rep (http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: sit-rep

And big.


17 posted on 08/29/2006 6:31:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Dosa26
She's a lovely ship, isn't she?

Just one problem: That's DDG67 USS COLE.

Here's our gal CG67 USS SHILOH:


18 posted on 08/29/2006 6:47:27 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: sit-rep
it's also real fast...50+ knots

Uh...no.

19 posted on 08/29/2006 11:24:22 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: sit-rep

"it's also real fast... 50+ knots"

I think only the old PT boats could do 50+ knots, in my humble non-expert opinion


20 posted on 08/29/2006 11:29:30 AM PDT by Veeram (why the does the left HATE America ?)
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To: GATOR NAVY
In 82, I was on the USS St. Louis LKA-116. We refueled a Spruance Class Destroyer, and after we cut it loose, it went full military...was clocked at 43+ knots... quite impressive. The CG Class is the same specs, I cannot see it being slower than a ship commissioned 35 years earlier.

They spec publicly at 30+ knots, but we all know how that works...and the reason it works that way. Both ships, with the 4-LM 2500 engines, equating to 80,000 plus shaft horsepower, with variable pitched propellers, will make it go faster than 35 MPH... Trust me... And the reason I said 50+ is, there was a time or two when the carrier group had to split in a hurry(back in the '84 era), and they left our 30 MPH LKA literally, suckin white water....

21 posted on 08/29/2006 1:32:55 PM PDT by sit-rep (http://trulineint.com/latestposts.asp)
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To: sit-rep
32 knots. "We can neither confirm nor deny the ability to go faster than that..."

Heh heh...

22 posted on 08/29/2006 1:39:32 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: sit-rep
All the power in the world can't compensate for the limitations of a displacement-type hull form. An Aegis class ship can't do 50+ knots.
23 posted on 08/29/2006 3:27:29 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: GATOR NAVY
True, but what is the theoretical max speed for a displacement type hull? Or is that dependent on length and width as well as tonnage?
24 posted on 08/29/2006 3:34:46 PM PDT by Woodman ("One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives." PW)
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To: jdm

God Bless the Shiloh and ALL HER sailors!


25 posted on 08/29/2006 4:16:33 PM PDT by JOE43270 (JOE43270, God Bless America and All Who Have and Will Defend Her.)
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