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Japan’s First Soryu-Class Attack Sub Fitted With Lithium-Ion Batteries Arrives at Homeport
April 08, 2020

Japan’s First Soryu-Class Attack Sub Fitted With Lithium-Ion Batteries Arrives at Homeport

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The new attack submarine arrived at a Japanese naval base in Kure in southwestern Japan on April 7.

Japan Commissions First Soryu-Class Attack Sub Fitted With Lithium-Ion Batteries
March 06, 2020

Japan Commissions First Soryu-Class Attack Sub Fitted With Lithium-Ion Batteries

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s latest diesel-electric attack submarine was commissioned on March 5.
Japan to Send Warship and Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Mideast
December 27, 2019

Japan to Send Warship and Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Mideast

By Associated Press
The Japanese government has okayed a divisive plan to send naval troops to the Middle East.

Japan to Invest in AI-Enabled Maritime Surveillance Platforms
November 11, 2019

Japan to Invest in AI-Enabled Maritime Surveillance Platforms

By Ankit Panda
AI and machine learning will reduce demands on human analysts.

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.

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