Mar­itime Se­cu­rity Ca­pa­bil­ity Build­ing

SP's NavalForces - - EAST ASIA -

Ja­pan is de­vel­op­ing its naval ca­pa­bil­ity ac­cord­ing to the threat it per­ceives and to safe­guard its na­tional in­ter­ests. clas­si­cally, Ja­panese navyÕs mission re­mains pro­tec­tion of sea lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and de­fence of the home­land how­ever due to the de­vel­op­ments in the east china Sea, Ja­pan is evolv­ing a more Òdy­namic de­fenceÓs­trat­egy to sup­port uS navy car­rier strike groups in the seas around Ja­pan. As per ex­perts. Ja­pan has been build­ing up anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties for decades which in­di­rectly will help in marginally coun­ter­ing chi­naÕs anti-ac­cess/area-de­nial (A2/Ad) threats. the navy has also been in­duct­ing P-1 mar­itime pa­trol air­craft, up­graded SH-60K sub­hunt­ing he­li­copters and next-gen­er­a­tion 3,300-tonne So­ryu class sub­marines which are fit­ted with air-in­de­pen­dent propul­sion (AIP) sys­tems. At present the Navy has five attack and 11 older oy­ashio class sub­marines but plans a force level of 22 sub­marines. in Au­gust 2013, Ja­pan dis­played the first of two planned 27,000-tonne he­li­copter izumo class de­stroy­ers which are the largest Ja­panese war­ship since World War ii and can carry 15 he­li­copters. ear­lier the navy had com­mis­sioned two third-gen­er­a­tion 20,000tonne, Hyuga class he­li­copter de­stroy­ers which can carry 11 he­li­copters each.

the pri­mary mission of both izumo class and Hyuga class ships is ASW but they can also carry out other func­tions like air de­fence, com­mand and con­trol and, hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief. they also plan to re­place their re­main­ing two Hatakaze class guided-mis­sile de­stroy­ers with the lat­est Atago class ship (which is a ver­sion of the uS Ar­leigh Burke class de­stroyer). th­ese de­stroy­ers are ca­pa­ble

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