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YouTube: New JMSDF Destroyer Teruzuki launched

YouTube: New JMSDF Destroyer Teruzuki launched

The Maritime Self Defense Force’s latest destroyer, JS Teruzuki, was launched September 15th. Teruzuki was launched six months after the lead ship in her class, Akizuki. Here’s a picture of Akizuki during sea trials. JS Teruzuki: - Teruzuki, DD-116. - Launched at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipyard in Nagasaki. - Second of five ships of the...

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries target of cyber-attack

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries target of cyber-attack

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of Japan's largest defense manufacturers, has had its several of its computers across many sites compromised by viruses.

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Japanese Comedian Tamori Tours MSDF DD-110 Takanami [Youtube Fridays]

Japanese Comedian Tamori Tours MSDF DD-110 Takanami [Youtube Fridays]

Popular Japanese comedian and presenter Tamori with Guadalcanal Taka and Takeyama Takanori touring the MSDF's destroyer Takanami in port in Yokosuka

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MSDF in New Hollywood Film, "BATTLESHIP"

MSDF in New Hollywood Film, “BATTLESHIP”

For the first time, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is set appear to appear in a Hollywood film. “BATTLESHIP”, based on the popular board game, is a movie about a multinational naval task force exercising off Hawaii and encountering a hostile alien sea flotilla. Click here for the trailer. The “multinational naval task force...

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Japan's Armed Force Levels, 2011-2015

Japan’s Armed Force Levels, 2011-2015

  The National Defense Program Guidelines are out in English (click image to enlarge; here for the PDF), reflecting desirable force levels for the 2011-2015 period. Highlights include: - An increase in the submarine fleet from 16 to 22, likely due to the retention of older submarines (Japan tends to retire submarines when they reach...

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Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

Japan, U.S., Australia to Hold Exercises in South China Sea.

[cetsEmbedGmap src=http://maps.google.com/?ll=8.21149,113.181152&spn=15.610614,18.918457&t=h&z=6 width=575 height=400 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no] Well, this is going to be interesting. US, Japan, Australia announce joint South China Sea exercise TOKYO — The U.S., Japanese and Australian navies will Saturday hold a joint drill in the South China Sea — most of which China claims as its maritime territory — Japan’s...

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Japanese Destroyers Visit India [UPDATED]

Japanese Destroyers Visit India [UPDATED]

JDS Samidare and JDS Umigiri visit Kochi, India.

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The Evolution of the JMSDF Helicopter Destroyer Concept and JS Hyuga

The Evolution of the JMSDF Helicopter Destroyer Concept and JS Hyuga

U.S. Naval War College article, "A New Carrier Race: Strategy, Force Planning, and JS Hyuga."

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Japan's Latest Destroyers: Baby Flat-Tops?

Japan’s Latest Destroyers: Baby Flat-Tops?

A new article on 22DDH, first of a new generation of helicopter destroyers.

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UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year's Miyakojima Run

UAVs and Beyond: The Significance of This Year’s Miyakojima Run

The recent sighting of a shipborne Chinese UAV only partly explains the importance of this year's training exercise: it was a display of China's growing naval capabilities and technological development.

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The PLAN's Annual Miyakojima Run, 2011

The PLAN’s Annual Miyakojima Run, 2011

For the second time in two years, a PLAN task force of more than ten ships passed through the Miyako Strait en route to the Pacific. On June 8-9 eleven PLAN ships passed in international waters between the Japanese islands of Miyakojima and Okinawa. The ships passed through the strait again Thursday, on their way...

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Protests as MSDF Aegis destroyer stops by civilian port in Okinawa

Protests as MSDF Aegis destroyer stops by civilian port in Okinawa

One official at the protest asked, "Is the shared use of civilian ports by military and civilians not the first step towards ports exclusively for the military?"

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