Japan unveiled its biggest warship since World War II on Tuesday, a $1.2 billion helicopter carrier aimed at defending territorial claims.Oh, interesting day, eh?
The move drew criticism from regional rival China, which accused its neighbor of “constant” military expansion.
The ceremony to showcase the 248-meter (810-feet) vessel came as Shinzo Abe’s conservative government, which took office last December, considers ditching the nation’s pacifist constitution and beefing up the military.
Japan plans to use the helicopter carrier, named Izumo and expected to go into service in 2015, to defend territorial claims following maritime skirmishes with China, which has demonstrated its own military ambitions in recent years.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Good for the Japanese Navy. Now, let's work on some proper fixed wing assets for 'ya ... and you need a half-dozen more.