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JAPAN strengthened by a second helicopter carrier

September 20, 2019


On March 22, the Kaga helicopter carrier was
officially put into service. This is the second Japanese military helicopter carrier next
to Izumo. Kaga, 248 meters long, was launched after
leaving the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Attending the ceremony on March 22 with 500
other servicemen, Deputy Defense Minister Takayuki Kobayashi said: “China is trying
to change the status in the South China Sea by building bases and passing on Pressuring,
posing security concerns to the international community “. Kaga will be based at the base of Kure, western
Japan. The vessel is capable of carrying nine helicopters with designs similar to those
of the US Marines. The introduction of a second helicopter carrier
helped the Japanese army to deploy its power out of its territorial waters against China’s
growing influence in Asia. The two largest warships built since World
War II are also planned to expand the international role of Japanese military forces proposed
by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A number of sources have previously told Reuters
about the plan to bring the Izumo ship through the South China Sea during a three-month trip
to Tokyo. Japan is also adding long-range patrol aircraft and military cargo aircraft
to enhance its defense capabilities. The Japanese Defense Ministry also purchased
additional Lockheed Martin F-35s, amphibious assault vehicles, and Osprey transport aircrafts
manufactured by Boeing. They can be equipped for both Izumo and Kaga.

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