Friday, May 1, 2015
New Helo Carrier is Japan’s Largest Post-WWII Ship
|The Izumo is key to Japan’s strategy for countering China’s threats.|
The 814-foot, 24,000-ton ship can carry seven Mitsubishi-built Sikorsky antisubmarine warfare (ASW) SH-60Ks and seven AgustaWestland mine countermeasure MCM-101, as well as roughly 400 troops. It also is capable of carrying Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt-rotors and the Lockheed Martin F-35B combat jet. The Izumo will join two 18,300-ton Hyuga-class helicopter carriers commissioned in 2009 and 2011. A second Izumo-class carrier should enter the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s fleet around 2017. The Izumo is key to Japan’s strategy for countering maritime threats from China, North Korea and Russia.