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Japan Launches Second Maya-Class Guided Missile Destroyer
July 17, 2019

Japan Launches Second Maya-Class Guided Missile Destroyer

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan Marine United launched the second of two improved Atago-class guided missile destroyers on July 17.

Japan Debates Sending Warships to Strait of Hormuz
July 16, 2019

Japan Debates Sending Warships to Strait of Hormuz

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Sending Japanese warships to the Strait of Hormuz could trigger a strong public backlash.
Japan's Biggest Warship Offers Clue to Military Ambitions
July 04, 2019

Japan's Biggest Warship Offers Clue to Military Ambitions

By Emily Wang
Japan is preparing to reconfigure the Izumo to accommodate U.S. stealth fighters, including F-35Bs.

Japan’s New Guided Missile Destroyer Completes Second Round of Sea Trials
July 02, 2019

Japan’s New Guided Missile Destroyer Completes Second Round of Sea Trials

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The new surface combatant capable of ballistic missile defense is set to be commissioned in March 2020.

USS Ronald Reagan, JS Izumo Conduct Bilateral Exercises in South China Sea
June 26, 2019

USS Ronald Reagan, JS Izumo Conduct Bilateral Exercises in South China Sea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
For the second time this month, the two flattops conducted naval drills in the contested waters.

Vietnam, Japan Conduct Naval Exercise
June 19, 2019

Vietnam, Japan Conduct Naval Exercise

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Vietnamese People’s Navy and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force held a joint naval exercise earlier this week.

Japan’s Largest Flattop Visits Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Port
June 17, 2019

Japan’s Largest Flattop Visits Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Port

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The first-of-class JS Izumo made a port call in Vietnam this month, as part of its annual Indo-Pacific deployment.
US, Japan Aircraft Carriers Conduct Naval Exercise in South China Sea
June 12, 2019

US, Japan Aircraft Carriers Conduct Naval Exercise in South China Sea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. and Japanese carriers jointly participated in a number of naval drills to enhance interoperability between the two navies.

Japan’s Izumo-Class Carrier to Visit Vietnam This Month
June 10, 2019

Japan’s Izumo-Class Carrier to Visit Vietnam This Month

By Franz-Stefan Gady
As part of its Indo-Pacific deployment this year, the JS Izumo is slated to make a port call in Vietnam.

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

Japanese Flattop and Destroyer Conduct Joint Naval Drill With Indian Stealth Frigate
May 27, 2019

Japanese Flattop and Destroyer Conduct Joint Naval Drill With Indian Stealth Frigate

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Indian Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force conducted a joint exercise in the Andaman Sea last week.
French, US, Australian, Japanese Warships Drill in Bay of Bengal
May 20, 2019

French, US, Australian, Japanese Warships Drill in Bay of Bengal

By Steven Stashwick
The La Perouse Exercise featured a French aircraft carrier and Australian submarines.

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