Via Stephen Trimble’s The DEW Line: VARIOUS.

Notice the video has VARIOUS flying off a San Antonio-class LPD.

I wonder if it could fly off a Shirane-class helicopter destroyer? Say, 4 VARIOUS-type aircraft, plus a Shirane’s two 5″ guns could provide effective naval gunfire and air support for a modest-sized naval landing force.

Shirane-class helicopter destroyer. Via Vessel and Ships Photo Gallery (

A landing support role could breathe some new life into these old ships, most of which are roughly 30 years old and ready to be retired from their ASW role.

(Why does Matt Bors’ cartoon rendition of me turn up when I google “Shirane destroyer”?

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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