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Japan’s New Ship: Destroyer or Carrier?

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posted on Sep, 3 2007 @ 01:04 PM

Japan’s launch of a helicopter-carrying destroyer may signal its ambition to expand its naval capabilities and eventually join international coalitions abroad.
The 13,500-ton DDH 181 Hyuga, launched on Aug. 23 at the IHI Marine United shipyard in Yokohama, was viewed by some as Japan’s first aircraft carrier since World War II.

Now this interesting; is Japan breaking out of the shell? this could signal a sway towards the F-35b.

posted on Sep, 3 2007 @ 01:34 PM
reply to post by Harlequin

they are helicopter carriers

posted on Sep, 3 2007 @ 01:55 PM
can you be so sure? 13,500 ton is large enough to operate STOVL type aircraft - the Italian Giuseppe Garibaldi (551) carrier can either board 18 helicopters or 16 Harrier AV-8B aircraft , the spanish Principe de Asturias (R11) is 13,400 tons and again carries Harrier or Helicopters.

And - its also larger than the HTMS Chakri Nareubet which at 10,000 is the smallest aircraft carrier in the world - originally a ` helicopter carrier` she later carried 6 AV-8S - and has kept them.

posted on Sep, 3 2007 @ 02:28 PM
its seemed about 3 years ago that the US was finally going to allow Japan to build its military once again maybe because the Chinese power increase and the US knowing its a new Japan. Plus Japan had some nice AC during world war 2 and I am sure they could make a very nice one once allowed to do.

posted on Sep, 3 2007 @ 07:35 PM
Seems to me that this has been coming since the First Gulf War when Japan did not take place in the Coalition. Japan was always restricted by treaty arrangements to a defense force not a deployment/offensive force.

All this is done by the western powers changing the WW2 surrender arrangements in order to get Japan to bear some of the burden of protecting trade and commerce routes from potential competitors. This is not Japans doing. It was done by the western powers in response to new and changing conditions.

For some time now Japan has been once again slowly and quietly rebuilding her military...unbeknownst to most of the western public not versed in the craft.

There are other nations in that part of the world doing the same.


posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 06:57 AM
Looks like there is a video from the launch:
And a new image on Wikipedia,too.

[edit on 4-9-2007 by DaSeitz]

posted on Sep, 4 2007 @ 10:36 AM
13,500 tons would make it the largest "destroyer" ever built, I'm fairly certain

However to be fair, the class is a replacement for the Shirane helo destroyers, which were destroyer-sized ASW ships.

The Kongo class DDG's are another class that is really misnamed, though they are based on the US's Burke DDG's they are a bit larger, and more tightly focused on AAW. They are essentially cruisers in all but name.

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