Japan Unveils Largest Warship Since WWII

I came across a really cool article about Japan unveiling the largest warship in their fleet since World War Two.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s helicopter destroyer DDH183 Izumo, the largest surface combatant of the Japanese navy, is seen before its launching ceremony in Yokohama, south of Tokyo August 6, 2013.

Japan has unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top helicopter carrier.

The ship has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The Izumo, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 metres (820ft feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defence – particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions.

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[Source: Sky News. Image courtesy of Sky News.]

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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