Oh, and its definitely not a military ship. It is a civil defense ship, just part of their federal police force. You know, they have a constitutional restriction to stay within.
Japan better keep up the military construction. There's not a chance in hell we'd honor any defense treaties with them if it came to it. We should tell Germany to spend their own damn money for defense too. Don't look to us anymore.
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Japan's Izumo-class carrier.
The destroyer in the background is of the Murasame class.
The worlds navies are waiting to see if Japan will be deploying F-35 B's on the Izumo.
It's about time that Japan starts taking more responsibility of it's own national defense. But if Japan returns to the Bushido ways of the past, lets hope they are on our side.
Carriers can be used for certain missions. Like China's carriers. No one knows how China will use it's carriers. Sea lane control, ASW, strike, surface warfare, AA ? Nobody knows.
>" China’s Defense Ministry said, “We are concerned over Japan's constant expansion of its military equipment. Japan's Asian neighbors and the international community need to be highly vigilant about this trend. Japan should learn from history, adhere to its policy of self-defense and abide by its promise to take the road of peaceful development.”
Li Daguang, a professor at the PLA’s National Defense University, similarly called the vessel an “aircraft carrier in disguise.”
Japan’s pacifist constitution would seemingly prohibit it from operating aircraft carriers. However, Li is not alone in having these suspicions. Commentators have been warning for years that this is a destroyer in name only and is built so that it is could theoretically later be equipped with combat aircraft such as the F-35B, the short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter."<
BTW: Janes has classified it as an aircraft carrier.
The Japanese have always been warriors.
Most of Northern and Central Europe including Russia have been nations of warriors.
America has always been a nation of warriors but that could be changing with the changing demographics taking place in America today along with putting pussies in the White House.
Yeah, and Helicopters also do what? That's Right.....Sub Huntin'. Now you can understand why the Chinese are bit concerned.
Biggest Japanese Warship Since WWII Will Carry Helicopters, No Planes
Because Japan's constitution prohibits it from building up a military beyond what's necessary for self-defense, the country is referring to its new helicopter carrier as a "helicopter destroyer" (carrier ships are capable of attacking coastal cities; destroyers are limited to fighting at sea).
Izumo is larger and can carry three more helicopters than the Hyuga-class helicopter destroyers, the previous largest ships in Japan's fleet. For comparison, both are only a fraction of the size of a fully loaded American Nimitz-class carrier, which weighs in a 97,000 tons.
The Izumo's ability to transport helicopters quickly over water will be crucial to rescue missions and disaster relief. But that doesn't mean the Izumo lacks military capability, as helicopters are useful for anti-submarine warfare and bring great surveillance powers to Japan's military.
Of course, helicopters aren't what make this news, really. There's one fighter currently in production that might work from a helicopter carrier, and that possibility is getting a lot of attention from people worried about strained relations between Japan and China. The big question about the Izumo is whether or not it can carry the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) variant of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.....snip~
Biggest Japanese Warship Since WWII Will Carry Helicopters, No Planes | Popular Science
Which just like the US.....they have already started to reinforce the decking.
September 30, 1938
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."