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Naval Warfare

PREMIUM: Japan mulls a successor to Oosumi-class transport vessels

19th March 2021 - 00:05 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

The JMSDF will have to replace its Oosumi-class transport vessels, but their replacement does not seem to have been given the priority it deserves.

Island defence is an important theme for Japan. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force established its Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB), consisting of around 3,000 personnel, in 2018, but the current maritime transport capacity is insufficient.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) possesses three 14,225t Oosumi-class transport vessels ...

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