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Naval Warfare

PREMIUM: Japan commissions a flurry of new ships

23rd March 2021 - 01:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

Japan's navy continues to pump out new ships, though it is far outpaced by Chinese naval shipbuilding.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has welcomed two new vessels in recent weeks – a minesweeper and an Aegis-equipped destroyer – and a new submarine is due to enter service this month too.

The ocean-going minesweeper JS Etajima with hull number 306 was commissioned as the third minesweeper in the Awaji ...

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