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Japan Awards Contract to Shipbuilder JMU for 12 New Offshore Patrol Vessels
July 02, 2022

Japan Awards Contract to Shipbuilder JMU for 12 New Offshore Patrol Vessels

By Kosuke Takahashi
The new ships are supposed to be both more capable and more automated than current vessels.

Japan’s MHI Launches 5th Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate for JMSDF
June 23, 2022

Japan’s MHI Launches 5th Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate for JMSDF

By Kosuke Takahashi
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is pursuing more compact ships to counter China and Russia in the East China Sea and broader Indo-Pacific.
Japan Commissions the Name-ship of New Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate
April 29, 2022

Japan Commissions the Name-ship of New Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate

By Kosuke Takahashi
Notably, the Mogami class will boast the first unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and unmanned surface vehicle (USV) deployed on a Japanese frigate.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Commissions First Yard Oil Tanker
April 26, 2022

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Commissions First Yard Oil Tanker

By Kosuke Takahashi
The JMSDF has relied on civilian ships to transport fuel from oil refineries to bases. Now it has its own oil tanker, the first of two.

Japan, US Hold Navy Drills Off Koreas Amid Nuke Test Worry
April 13, 2022

Japan, US Hold Navy Drills Off Koreas Amid Nuke Test Worry

By Mari Yamaguchi
The exercise was seen as a signal to North Korea, as experts expect more missile or possibly nuclear tests in coming weeks.

Japan Commissions First New Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate
March 22, 2022

Japan Commissions First New Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate

By Kosuke Takahashi
The Kumano is the first of a planned 22 vessels of the class, which will include capabilities never seen before on a Japanese frigate.

Japan Commissions First New Taigei-Class Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine
March 09, 2022

Japan Commissions First New Taigei-Class Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine

By Kosuke Takahashi
Submarine-launched missiles could give Tokyo the much-debated “enemy base attack capability.”
Japan’s MHI Launches Fourth Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate for JMSDF
December 10, 2021

Japan’s MHI Launches Fourth Mogami-Class Multirole Frigate for JMSDF

By Kosuke Takahashi
The new frigate class is intended for surveillance missions in waters surrounding the Japanese archipelago, including the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

Japan Launches New Submarine Class
October 15, 2020

Japan Launches New Submarine Class

By Steven Stashwick
JS Taigei is first of a larger, quieter class to face increasingly assertive Chinese warships.

Japan to the Rescue: Can Abe Defuse Tensions in the Middle East?
January 13, 2020

Japan to the Rescue: Can Abe Defuse Tensions in the Middle East?

By Thisanka Siripala
Acrimonious Iran-U.S relations haven’t deterred Prime Minister Abe, who is on a scheduled tour of the Middle East under the banner of “peace diplomacy.” 

Japan Commissions 10th Soryu-Class Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine
March 27, 2019

Japan Commissions 10th Soryu-Class Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s newest diesel-electric attack submarine was commissioned on March 18.
Japan to Commission 10th Soryu-Class Attack Sub This Month
March 12, 2019

Japan to Commission 10th Soryu-Class Attack Sub This Month

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's latest diesel-electric attack submarine will be commissioned on March 18.

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