Japanese Defence Minister general Nakatani has announced the delivery of the country’s new Izumo-class destroyer at the Yokohama Shipyard Isogo Works, Japan Marine United Corporation.
Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Izumo destroyer is believed to be the largest warship Japan has built since the Second World War and is reportedly similar to the US Marine Corp’s amphibious assault carriers in size and design.
Speaking during a press conference, Nakatani said that the warship features a very long and flat upper deck designed to be able to carry several helicopters for patrol missions as well as a huge hangar.
The 248m-long and 38m-wide vessel has a displacement capacity of 19,500t and is constructed at a cost of around $1.5bn, according to media reports.
Equipped with command communication capabilities, the new ship will be used for a range of operations including transporting vehicles and supplies, disaster relief operations and support activities such as United Nations peacekeeping operations.
Nakatani further added that the destroyer has not been designed for carrier-like operations but: "Will strengthen the MSDF’s anti-submarine capability."
The warship will not operate fixed-wing aircrafts, but will carry patrol helicopters for active anti-submarine operations.
Fitted with a bow sonar, the destroyer will also be deployed to carry other countries’ defence equipment especially during disaster relief operations or joint military drills between Japan and the US.