Japan navy to unveil biggest warship since World War II
Tokyo: Japan is set to unveil its biggest warship since World War II on Tuesday amid tensions with China following maritime skirmishes between the two nations over disputed islands.
Tokyo's military is holding a ceremony later in the day in the port city of Yokohama to show off its new 248-metre (810-feet) helicopter carrier, which will be a centrepiece of its naval power.
The vessel was announced several years ago but the ceremony comes as the conservative government mulls boosting military capabilities with debate swirling over a possible overhaul of Tokyo's pacifist constitution.
The Japanese-built carrier can accommodate nine helicopters and is expected to play a major role in disaster and rescue missions, as well as defending sea lanes and Japanese territory, according to the defence ministry. It is unclear when it will go into service.
The navy's biggest vessels currently are a pair of smaller helicopter carriers.
Less than two weeks ago, the Chinese coastguard entered waters disputed with Japan for the first time, upping the ante in a festering row over ownership of the Senkakus, which Beijing also claims and calls the Diaoyus.
The rocky islands are located in rich fishing grounds in the East China Sea and are believed to harbour vast natural resources below their seabed.
The incursion came as Japan's defence ministry recommended establishing amphibious units and acquiring surveillance drones, similar to the US Marines, to protect its claim on outlying islands.
Tokyo is also locked in a separate territorial dispute with Seoul.
Japan's well-funded and well-equipped military is referred to as the Self-Defense Forces, and barred from taking aggressive action.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been mulling a beefed-up military, which would require changing the constitution imposed on Japan by the US and its allies following WWII.
A possible overhaul of the constitution has stirred strong emotions among Japan's neighbours, which have long maintained that Tokyo has never come to terms with its militaristic past, including the brutal 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula.
Last year, China commissioned its first aircraft carrier as part of a military build-up that has alarmed its regional neighbours as Washington ramps up its focus on Asia.
The country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, went into service in September in a symbolic milestone for China's increasingly muscular military.
However, the vessel still requires a carrier group including destroyers, frigates and submarines while fighter jets need more training to be operational, according to navy officials.
China has also generated concern with double-digit rises in its annual defence budget - set at 10.7 per cent for 2013 - with experts saying their actual military spending is substantially higher than the publicised totals.
just 9 helicoptors doesn't have so much punch within them and Japan needs to go into aircraft carrier and a strong military with its own culture revived.
Can it operate F-35's
Today, 01:37 AM
Yes but VTOL version.
if it can operate Helicopters, then it can most certainly operate F-35s
apan at present does not have a powerful navy. Thus this carrier will give them the experience in building carriers,
Also building this helicopter carrier might be used like a base in the sea to supply the islands in case of any military trouble, with land based aircraft used for the air superiority and attack and the helicopter cruiser being used for ferrying in supplies acting as a floating base.
Da faq? The JMSDF has been a force to reckon with for decades. While they don't crow about it constantly, they are easily the region's most powerful navy in terms of real capability, carrier or no carrier. Just look at what's going on in the western Pacific. The Chinese (for all their bombast) are pretty much limited to Sea Shepherd style harassment vs Japan ("throw the stinky butter!"), and have now been reduced to hiding many of their warships behind white paint.
懂常识么？日本海上自卫队几十年一直是一个不可忽视的力量。虽然他们不经常吹嘘，不管有 没有航母，他们都容易成为地区最强大的海军力量。看看西太平洋发生了什么事情。中国（他们所有的豪言壮语）与日本相比几乎仅限于发起防守型海军风格的骚 扰，已经沦落到要用白色油漆来隐藏许多军舰。
True, Japanese Navy is easily the most powerful sea based fighting force,
well if you leave out the Russian Navy, but again when it come to technology and electronics Japan has a decisive edge in the Asia Pacific region only the USN can field superior forces in terms of technology when compared to Japan.
I think you mean "Soviet Navy"; the Russian Navy in the Pacific spends most of its time rusting pierside.
As for embarking F-35Bs, I actually think the Izumo can do it. I'm just saying that full-length flight decks don't necessarily mean compatibility with STOVL ops. The F-35B is a heavy beast that puts out a lot of heat and takes up a lot of space (no wing-fold), and not all flat-tops are capable of handling it.
Who gives a damn about what Chinese thinks, as of such their aggressive expansion is validated. It is good to know Chinese are wary of Japanese military advancements.
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Always good to see the Chinese worried
Hope Japan amend the war-renouncing Article 9 of their Constitution soon, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's recent win means he has the support of people as well, so he might amend the constitution as he promised !! That will surely scare the Chinese
Storage space and Support and service would be a main concern if they have to operate with F35.
well has a size of an aircraft carrier,
and i am sure, it will house F-35s
the very size is proof of its future use
and that is the reason China is worried,
once VTOL F-35s arrive in Japan, its only a matter of time
they make way on to those carriers
Damn, Chinese would go bonkers if a F35 lands in that Helo carrier.
Japs are smart create a multi purpose vessel to accommodate future advancements
they most certainly are, just think about it
1) it is 248 meter in length
2)has hangers below the flight deck
it houses ONLY 9 helicopters ?????
Isn't it fishy ??
those hangers are for F-35s, Japan is a partner in the F-35 program
so it all adds up
so japs are ready to be samurai again... good for us as it will consume most of chinise resources.