Maritime Security Capability Building
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