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Japan inducts largest warship since WWII

30th March 2015 - 14:15 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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Japan formally received JS Izumo, its largest new warship since the end of World War Two, at the IHI Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 25 March 2015.

Defence Minister Gen Nakatani presided over the commissioning ceremony for the helicopter carrier (DDH-183) with a full-load displacement of 24,000 tonnes. He stated: ‘The vessel can serve in a wide range of roles including peacekeeping operations, international disaster relief and aid. It also helps improve our ability to combat submarines.’

As the defence minister indicated, the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) vessel will be a vital platform for anti-submarine warfare (ASW)

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