Japan Second Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer DDH-184 to be Nammed and Launched August 27

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Japan Second Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer DDH-184 to be Named and Launched August 27
 
A video taken by a Japanese spotter shows the construction on Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) second Izumo-class Helicopter Destroyer DDH-184 is almost complete with the mast now in place. In addition, the JMSDF announced that the vessel will be named and launched in the water at the JMU Japan Marine United Corporation shipyard in Yokohama Isogo during an official ceremony on August 27.
     
A video taken by a Japanese spotter shows the construction on Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) second Izumo-class Helicopter Destroyer DDH-184 is almost complete with the mast now in place. In addition, the JMSDF announced that the vessel will be named and launched in the water at the JMU Japan Marine United Corporation shipyard in Yokohama Isogo during an official ceremony on August 27.
DDH-184, the second Izumo class Helicopter Destroyer is almost complete with the main mast now in place. It will be nammed and launched on August 27 2015.
     
First of class DDH138 Izumo was commissioned on 25 March 2015 in Yokosuka naval base. Izumo is the flagship of the JMSDF fleet and is the largest warship built by Japan since World War II. The 248-meter-long and 19,500-ton helicopter carrier was unveiled for the first time in August 2013 in Yokohama.
     
A video taken by a Japanese spotter on July 25
     
Izumo is able to accomodate nine helicopters. The ceremony took place with some 3,600 people, including the Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the helicopter carrier is expected to play a key role both in defense of territorial sovereignty, in rescue missions, and in case of natural disasters.

Independent experts, however, believe that the warship, given its large size, could conceivably one day be used as a versatile aircraft carrier and serve as a platform to launch fighter aircraft capable of vertical takeoff (such the F-35B)

To learn more: Izumo class (22DDH) Helicopter Destroyer Technical Datasheet
 

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