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Japan Launches Helicopter-Carrying Destroyer

By James T. McKenna | August 31, 2007

Japan’s navy has launched its largest warship since World War II, the South Korean newspaper  Chosun Ilbo reports. The 13,500-ton vessel Hyuga, a helicopter-carrying destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, was launched at the IHI Marine United shipyard in Yokohama. The original Hyuga was a battleship that was modified toward the end of World War II to carry 20 fighter aircraft. The new Hyuga-class vessel meanwhile can hangar 11 Sikorsky Aircraft SH-60s and four can operate from its deck at once. It and is mainly tasked with chasing and destroying enemy submarines.  For related news

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