Japan unveiled largest warship it had since World War II, amid territorial tensions with China. The ship that was shown to the public on Tuesday is designed to be used in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions. The vessel has a flight deck nearly 250m (820ft) long and can carry more than nine helicopters, according to the press.
Correspondents say that the launch of the huge Japanese flat-top destroyer, Izumo, has raised eyebrows in China because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. Japan has one of the best-equipped and best-trained naval forces in the Pacific
Officials. According to Japanese navy, the ship will be used for national defense and will enhance the Japan’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, such as the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
Izumo has been in works since 2009, its unveiling comes as Japan and China have constant tensions over the Japan ruled region of the Senkaku Islands.
Added to China’s heavy spending on defence and military modernization the growing tensions heightened calls in Japan for its naval and air forces to be strengthened. Technically the Izumo is a destroyer, but some experts believe the new Japanese ship could potentially be used to launch fighter jets or other aircraft that have the ability to take off vertically.
Since the end of WWII Japan was not to build aircraft carriers of its own because of constitutional restrictions that limit its military forces to a defensive role.