Naval Warfare

PREMIUM: Japan launches first of new frigate class

23rd November 2020 - 21:55 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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The first of an extensive class of new frigates for the JMSDF has been launched in Japan.

A new 3,900t frigate for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was launched by Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding in Okayama on 19 November. Significantly, the new class has a low radar cross-section, features reduced manning and integrates unmanned systems.

On the occasion of the 30FFM design’s launch, the ...

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