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May 28, 2019

Trump Tours Japan’s Izumo-Class Carrier Hailing its Future F-35B Capability

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. president boarded the flattop along with the Japanese prime minister on May 28 wrapping up his Japan trip.

May 09, 2019

Trump to Inspect Japan’s Izumo-Class Aircraft Carrier in May

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. president will likely board the Japanese flattop during a state visit to Japan in late May.
December 19, 2018

Japan Approves Plans to Convert Izumo-Class Into F-35-Carrying Aircraft Carriers

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s two largest warships will be converted into aircraft carriers over the next five years.

October 02, 2018

A First: Japan's Largest Warship Visits Sri Lanka on Indo-Pacific Deployment

By Ankit Panda
Japan's defense and security cooperation with Sri Lanka continues to deepen.

August 30, 2018

Japan Deploys Flotilla to South China Sea

By Steven Stashwick
The flotilla consists of three ships, including Japan’s largest helicopter destroyer.

July 04, 2018

Japan to Dispatch Izumo-class Carrier to South China Sea, Indian Ocean

By Ankit Panda
2018 will become the second consecutive year for a Japanese Izumo-class deployment to the Indian Ocean.
March 23, 2018

An F-35B for Japan's Izumo-class: Obstacles and Challenges

By Robert Farley
What does Japan need to consider before pursuing F-35B fighters for its helicopter destroyers?

October 24, 2017

Trump May Tour Japan’s Largest Warship During Asia Trip Next Month

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japanese government sources indicate that the U.S. president has been invited to inspect Japan’s helicopter carrier.

March 23, 2017

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Commissions Second Helicopter Carrier

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan’s newest surface combatant entered service on March 22.

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