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  • Japan’s Largest Warship Since World War II Takes To Sea

    09/29/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    Japan’s largest warship since World War II has left for its first set of sea trials last week ahead of entering the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)fleet next year. JS Izumo (DDH-183) departed Tokyo Bay on Sept. 23, as seen as in a video on YouTube, for the first round of what will be about six months of sea trials ahead of the ship’s commissioning next year, a JMSDF official told Jane’s Defence Weekly on Monday. The 24,000-ton helicopter carrier is the first of two planned ships. Izumo will enter the JMSDF force next year. DDH-184 will enter the...
  • China's navy no longer so inferior to Japan's, experts say

    07/29/2014 3:54:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 27 July, 2014
    China's loss of the first Sino-Japanese war has been attributed to a disorganised navy. Although the northern fleet equalled, some say exceeded, the Meiji navy in terms of firepower, it was annihilated because it lacked coordination among its military units. Today while Japan's navy may have a qualitative advantage over China's, the People's Liberation Army is catching up, analysts say. In sheer manpower, China has the upper hand, with Beijing putting the PLA Navy's strength at 235,000, or more than five times the number in the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. But the Japanese navy has being training with modern warfare...
  • For MSDF's newest 'ninja' submarines, it's all about stealth (Japan)

    03/31/2014 9:02:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun, Japan ^ | April 01, 2014 | FUMIAKI SONOYAMA
    Known as the “ninja of the seas,” Japan’s Hakuryu submarine carries enough firepower to knock out an aircraft carrier with a single blow. But the Type 89 torpedo is not the vessel’s most effective feature in strengthening Japan’s warning and surveillance operations in its waters. “A submarine’s greatest weapon is stealth,” Maritime Self-Defense Force Capt. Kaoru Yoshida said. “Our mere presence that makes (the enemy think) ‘there might be a powerful submarine out there’ is a deterrent.” In the National Defense Program Guidelines formulated at the end of last year, Japan decided to increase its submarine fleet from the current...
  • Japan launches newest submarine Kokuryu amid party atmosphere

    11/04/2013 12:47:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Japan Daily Press ^ | Nov 04, 2013 | John Hofilena
    It’s not the usual kind of fanfare you would associate with the launching of a nation’s cutting edge new submarine, but this is Japan – and they do things a little bit differently here. Amid balloons, party banners, the odd “rising sun” war flag here and there, and confetti (lots of confetti, there has to be confetti), the Japan Marine Self Defense Force (MSDF) launched its newest state-of-the-art toy – the submarine Kokuryu, which literally means “Black Dragon”. The submarine Kukoryu was made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and is said to be made with leading edge technology, costing Japanese taxpayers...
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 55 replies
    ABC ^ | August 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense — particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions — and to bolster the nation’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami...
  • Japan Looks to Add Offensive Firepower

    06/12/2013 10:39:34 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    Time ^ | June 03, 2013 | Kirk Spitzer
    North Korea seems to have put its missiles away for now, but Japan’s conservative government wants the option to blast them away the next time they’re pointed in Tokyo’s direction. It’s a satisfying idea, but maybe not a good one. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is compiling a new set of defense guidelines that would allow Japan’s armed forces, for the first time, to develop offensive capability, and to strike first if an attack appears imminent. Under Japan’s strictly pacifist constitution, the Self Defense Force is restricted to weaponry and tactics that are deemed defensive in nature. That means no...
  • Japan’s Navy: Sailing Towards the Future

    01/25/2013 1:13:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 21, 2013 | James Hardy
    Japan’s Navy: Sailing Towards the Future While China's growing naval power grabs headlines, Japan's evolving navy might just be the real story. While Japan's dispute with China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has been notable for a number of reasons — mostly negative — one of the few positive elements has been the refusal of either side to send in the military. That may have changed with the recent deployment of Chengdu J-10 and Mitsubishi/Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft after a Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol aircraft headed toward the islands, but so far, at least, the confrontations have been limited to coast...
  • PAC-3 deployment completed to intercept N. Korean rocket

    04/05/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Mainichi
    Japan completed on Thursday the deployment of its ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture to prepare for North Korea's planned rocket launch sometime next week. With the arrival of the Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki carrying the PAC-3 at Ishigaki Island, the interceptors are now deployed to four locations in Okinawa that also includes its capital Naha, Miyako and Nanjo. Japan is bracing itself for the rocket launch after North Korea announced last month that it will launch an ''earth observation satellite'' to mark the centennial of its state founder Kim Il Sung's birthday on April 15....
  • Japan to Build New Helicopter Carrier

    09/15/2011 6:21:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Japan to Build New Helicopter Carrier Japan plans to build a 19,500-ton aircraft carrier capable of housing helicopters after China launched its first own aircraft carrier, Chinese media reported on Wednesday. Japan already has two helicopter carriers -- the Hyuga deployed in March 2009 and the Ise deployed in March 2011 -- but the planned new vessel will be bigger. The 22DDH is scheduled for deployment in 2015. It will be 248 m long and cost around US$1.04 billion. It is 30 percent bigger than the Ise and can carry 14 helicopters. The Ise measures 197 m, has a displacement...
  • Think Tank: Japan is an aircraft-carrier power

    03/10/2011 7:41:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Chinadaily.com.cn ^ | March 9, 2011
    Think Tank: Japan is an aircraft-carrier power Chinadaily.com.cn, March 9, 2011 Japan has been formally classified for the first time since World War II as an aircraft-carrier power by a leading Western international affairs think tank. Japan has one Hyuga-class aircraft carrier, according to Military Balance 2011, an annual report published on Tuesday by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) assessing the military capabilities and defense economics of 170 countries worldwide. The annual report is an essential resource for those involved in security policymaking, analysis and research. Classifying Japan as an aircraft carrier power means China now has...
  • Joint Japan-U.S. Missile Defense Flight Test Successful

    10/29/2010 10:56:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    MDA News ^ | 10/29/2010 | MDA News
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced the successful completion of an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. The event marked the fourth time that a JMSDF ship has engaged a ballistic missile target, including three successful intercepts, with the sea-based midcourse engagement capability provided by Aegis BMD. The JFTM-4 test event verified the newest engagement capability of the Japan Aegis BMD configuration of the recently upgraded Japanese destroyer, JS KIRISHIMA. At approximately 5:06 p.m. (HST), 12:06...
  • Japan, worried by China, may boost submarine fleet

    10/26/2010 11:09:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    AP via Google ^ | 10/26/2010 | AP via Google
    Japan may increase the size of its submarine fleet, officials said, as concerns rise that the expansion of the Chinese navy is tipping the regional balance of power. The Defense Ministry said a bigger submarine fleet is under consideration, with a firm proposal likely to come as early as December. Officials who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday refused to give further details because the plan has not yet been formally tabled. According to Japanese media reports, the number of submarines would be increased from 16 to 22 over the next four years, a substantial rise that could generate...
  • Japan Launches First Future Class Destroyer

    10/18/2010 4:50:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Naval-Technology.com ^ | 18 October 2010
    Japan Launches First Future Class Destroyer 18 October 2010 The Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) has launched the first ship of the future destroyer class, Akizuki, from the Nagasaki shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan. The ship, one of three planned for launch by 2014, has a displacement of 5,000t and can carry a crew of 200. The destroyer will be equipped with weapons including type 90 surface to surface missiles, an anti-torpedo system and two helicopters. The destroyer of this class, known as 19 DD, is an improvement on the Takanami Class and has been designed to enhance...
  • Japan Counters China's Naval Build-Up

    07/08/2010 4:28:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    World Politics Review ^ | 7/8/2010 | David Axe
    On Sunday near Okinawa, the Japanese navy spotted two Chinese warships sailing south into the Pacific. The Chinese vessels were in international waters, but their proximity to Okinawa, which hosts a preponderance of U.S. and Japanese military forces, alarmed Tokyo. As a courtesy, navies traditionally announce their routine cruises in advance, particularly when one nation's ships might pass close to another's territory. Sunday's infraction of that protocol was not the first for China. Just three months prior, two Japanese warships patrolling around Okinawa had discovered an unannounced flotilla of at least 10 Chinese vessels, including two submarines. During the encounter,...
  • USS GW completes 'Undersea Warfare Exercise'

    07/07/2010 12:49:52 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 6/30/2010 | Brahmand.com
    US and Japanese naval forces have successfully completed the Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX) in the western Pacific Ocean. The American nuclear-powered super carrier, USS George Washington (CVN 73) participated in the exercise held from June 21 to 25. The exercise was conducted by elements from Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet (CTF 70), Commander, Patrol & Reconnaissance Force, 7th Fleet (CTF 72), Commander, Submarine Force, 7th Fleet (CTF 74), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and components from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). "This year during USWEX we continued to strengthen interoperability between the US Navy and...
  • Details of New Japanese ‘Helicopter Destroyer’

    06/21/2010 1:02:10 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 6/21/2010 | Defense Talk
    Rumors that the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's third "aircraft carrying destroyer" would mark a major improvement in size and capability over the Hyuga class ships now entering service have been confirmed. The new 22DDH will be 248 meters long and 39 meters in beam, and displace more than 24,000 tons. This makes her almost 50 percent larger than the Hyuga class and places an unbearable semantic strain on the use of the term "destroyer" to describe these ships. To put the size of the ship into context, she is comparable with a World War II Essex-class fleet carrier. Illustrations of...
  • Japan Can Defend Itself

    05/13/2010 10:30:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 743+ views
    The National Interest ^ | 5/12/2010 | Doug Bandow
    World War II ended 65 years ago. The Cold War disappeared 21 years ago. Yet America’s military deployments have little changed. Nowhere is that more evident than on the Japanese island of Okinawa. Okinawans are tired of the heavy U.S. military presence. Some 90,000—nearly 10 percent of the island’s population—gathered in protest at the end of April. It is time for Washington to lighten Okinawa’s burden. An independent kingdom swallowed by imperial Japan, Okinawa was the site of a brutal battle as the United States closed in on Japan in early 1945. After Tokyo’s surrender, Washington filled the main prefecture...
  • Japan to build navy base in Gulf of Aden

    05/11/2010 5:38:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 484+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/11/2010 | UPI
    Japan plans to establish a $40 million strategic naval base in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti, where U.S. and French forces are deployed to combat al-Qaida jihadists. The facility, intended to boost the fight against Somali pirates preying on vital shipping lanes, will be Japan's first foreign military base since World War II. "This will be the only Japanese base outside our country and the first in Africa," said Japanese navy Capt. Keizo Kitagawa, commander of the Japanese flotilla deployed with the international anti-piracy task force in the Gulf of Aden. He will oversee establishment of the base....
  • Japan Coast Guard Ship Chased Away By Chinese Survey Ship

    05/08/2010 11:04:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 676+ views
    Japan Probe ^ | 5/8/2010 | Japan Probe
    As the eyes of the world are on the Expo in Shanghai, tensions are rising in the seas between Japan and China. Last month, Chinese warships and submarines were spotted near Okinawa. There was also an incident involving Chinese navy helicopters flying dangerously close to Japanese ships. The most recent incident, involving an aggressive Chinese ship forcing the cancellation of a Japanese marine survey, has been called a violation of Japan’s sovereign rights by the Japanese government: The latest incident occurred on Monday afternoon in the East China Sea, about 320 kilometers northwest of Amami Oshima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture. A...
  • Tokyo protests China's 'dangerous' helicopter passes near Japan destroyer

    05/01/2010 8:27:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 530+ views
    East-Asia Intel ^ | 4/30/2010 | East-Asia Intel
    Japan's government has protested what it termed a "dangerous" aerial maneuver by a Chinese naval helicopter over a Japanese destroyer. The Chinese helicopter, based on a Chinese ship, flew over the destroyer Asayuki some 300 miles south of the main Okinawa island. The incident occurred in mid-April as the destroyer was sailing off the southern Japanese island chain. Japan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “the flight was made extremely close and it was an act which was dangerous to safe navigation of the vessel." A protest was filed with the Chinese embassy in Tokyo. The Chinese helicopter, based...
  • Japan increasingly alarmed by China's growing naval power

    04/21/2010 5:07:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 899+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 4/21/2010 | Jonathan Manthorpe
    Warships off Okinawa and other incidents with an increasingly far-roaming and competent Chinese navy likely a harbinger of shocks to come. Tokyo's shock, horror and alarm at the sighting a few days ago of a flotilla of 10 Chinese warships off Japan's southern Okinawa island is undoubtedly contrived. It has been evident for the past two decades as it invested huge amounts of money, time and effort into military modernization that Beijing intends to be able to project military power that supports its growing economic and diplomatic supremacy. Just a few days before the latest encounter, a helicopter from a...
  • Scare Thy Neighbors

    04/21/2010 5:02:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 229+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 4/21/2010 | The Strategy Page
    There are plenty of places the Chinese Navy can send its ships for training. Sending them to international waters near Okinawa has the added advantage of reminding Japan that China could use force to assert its rights over small islands Japan also claims. Some of these islands have oil and natural gas deposits nearby. Chinese leaders are very concerned about energy supplies, because China has to import nearly all its petroleum, and consumption is growing rapidly. Thus China blocks Western attempts to impose strong sanctions on Iran, which is a major oil supplier to China. In return, China is believed...
  • Japanese Navy chief sacked over blunders that shamed proud service

    03/21/2008 10:21:51 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 693+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/22/2008 | Richard Lloyd Parry
    The head of the Japanese Navy was dismissed yesterday and scores of officers and civilian bureaucrats punished after a series of fiascos that have heaped humiliation on what was once the proudest of the country’s armed services. Admiral Eiji Yoshikawa, chief of staff of the Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF), was one of 88 people disciplined one month after an incident in which a 7,750-tonne ship crushed a fishing boat while the officers on watch were sheltering from the rain and its captain was asleep. Yesterday Shigeru Ishiba, the Defence Minister, published a report revealing that the ship’s lookouts were inside...
  • SEA-BASED MISSILE DEFENSE "HIT TO KILL" INTERCEPT ACHIEVED (Aegis)

    11/07/2007 5:38:20 AM PST · by RDTF · 76 replies · 803+ views
    MDA.Mil ^ | Nov 6, 2007 | Chris Taylor and Rick Lehner, Public Affairs
    Air Force Lieutenant General Henry 'Trey" Obering, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, announced the successful completion today of a multiple simultaneous engagement involving two ballistic missile targets. This was MDA's latest "hit to kill" intercept flight test conducted jointly with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. For the first time, the operationally realistic test involved two unitary "non-separating" targets, meaning that the target's warheads did not separate from their booster rockets. This was the 32nd and 33rd successful "hit-to-kill" intercepts since 2001. Designated as Flight Test Standard Missile-13 (FTM-13), it marked the tenth and eleventh successful intercepts,...
  • Smells like Asian Nato

    09/08/2007 4:14:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 814+ views
    The Telegraph,India ^ | September 08, 2007 | SUJAN DUTTA
    Smells like Asian Nato SUJAN DUTTA Sept. 7: The five-nation Malabar war games are being conducted on rules and procedures compliant with the requirements of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Indian naval and air force officers disclosed in interviews aboard the aircraft carrier today. The Malabar 07-02 war games, now into the fourth day, have raised concerns in Beijing of an emerging “Asian Nato”. But Vice-Admiral William Douglas Crowder, commander of the US Seventh fleet, insisted this was not gunboat diplomacy directed against China but an opportunity to share experiences in a multi-threat scenario. The acceptance by India of the...
  • 'Arms race' leaving Australian submarines all at sea

    05/06/2007 5:16:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies · 1,394+ views
    The Age,Australia ^ | May 6, 2007 | Tom Hyland
    'Arms race' leaving our subs all at sea Tom Hyland May 6, 2007 AUSTRALIA'S most lethal, most secret and most expensive spies are black, 78 metres long, 3350-tonne cigar-shaped tubes. Chances are, one of them is currently prowling under the seas north of Australia, playing blind man's buff with foreign ships. Maybe it's loitering, watching offshore from a terrorist training area, or sucking sensitive radio signals out of the atmosphere. Whatever the Collins class submarines are up to, most of what they do is so secret we won't be told for decades. Even now, the silent and highly dangerous Cold...
  • F-22 Raptor attractive to Japan as missile threats grow

    04/20/2007 9:12:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 67 replies · 1,929+ views
    Aerospace Daily and Defense Report ^ | Apr 20, 2007 | David A. Fulghum
    F-22 attractive to Japan as missile threats grow Apr 20, 2007 David A. Fulghum/Aerospace Daily & Defense Report Japanese military officials are eyeing the F-22 Raptor as an antidote to growing regional missile threats, Aviation Week & Space Technology will report on April 23. The Lockheed Martin-built fighter is expected to become a key element in missile defense because it can detect and destroy small cruise missiles and also evade sophisticated air defenses to bomb ballistic missile launch sites. Whether Japanese law might be interpreted to allow the country's Self Defense Force to use the bombing to defend against ballistic...
  • AEGIS weapon system data possibly leaked(Japanese navy)

    04/02/2007 8:56:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 576+ views
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | 04/02/2007
    Air defense system data possibly leaked 04/02/2007 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Data allegedly stolen by a Maritime Self-Defense Force officer contained details of an advanced defense system designed to protect a fleet from air attacks, sources said. Kanagawa prefectural police are investigating the possibility that the sensitive information was leaked. The data was found on disks at the officer's home in January. Investigators are also examining whether higher- ranked officers may have been involved because the MSDF sailor's security clearance was limited, sources said. Police said the sailor under investigation is a petty officer second class aboard the Shirane, the flagship...
  • Japanese military submarine collides with tanker, no injuries

    11/21/2006 7:35:53 AM PST · by snowsislander · 45 replies · 2,737+ views
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | November 21, 2006
    Japanese military submarine collides with tanker, no injuries TOKYO, Nov 21 (KUNA) -- A Japanese military submarine and a Panama-registered tanker with 17 crew members aboard collided Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southern main island of Kyushu, the Defense Agency said. No injuries were reported among crew members of the submarine or the tanker, according to Defense Agency and Coast Guard officials. The Maritime Self-Defense Force said its diesel-powered Asashio had a minor collision with the 4000-ton civilian cargo ship Spring Auster at around 9:50 a.m. (GMT 0:50 a.m.) in waters 50 kilometers off Miyazaki Prefecture. The tanker...
  • Japan to develop high-tech submarine to prepare for future threat

    10/17/2006 6:50:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 882+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | October 17, 2006
    Japan to develop high-tech submarine to prepare for future threat The Associated Press Published: October 17, 2006 TOKYO Japan plans to develop and produce a "next generation" non-nuclear submarine that is quieter, more resistant to attack and has more advanced sonar capabilities, a Defense Agency official said Tuesday. The estimated 5.1 billion yen (US$42.9 million; €34.28 million), 10-year project is to begin in April 2007, an agency spokesman said on condition of anonymity, citing protocol.
  • ARMED FORCES OF THE WORLD: The Mighty Japanese Navy

    02/19/2005 12:35:54 PM PST · by BroncosFan · 39 replies · 2,269+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | February 19, 2005 | Harold C. Hutchison
    ARMED FORCES OF THE WORLD: The Mighty Japanese Navy February 19, 2005: The JMSDF (Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force) is arguably the second-best navy in the Pacific, trailing only the United States Navy. The JMSDF has a large number modern surface combatants and the third-largest submarine force among Pacific naval powers, and it could be a potential player in any fight across the Formosa Strait due to the fact that Japan’s ties with Taiwan have become much closer. The primary surface vessels in the JMSDF are the destroyers. Japan’s had a long tradition of building a superb destroyer force – in...