Big Boat Tuesday

FILE PHOTO: A helicopter lands on the Izumo, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's (JMSDF) helicopter carrier, at JMSDF Yokosuka base in Yokosuka

Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two.

China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation.

The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint naval exercise with Indian and U.S. naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July.

It will return to Japan in August, the sources said.

“The aim is to test the capability of the Izumo by sending it out on an extended mission,” said one of the sources who have knowledge of the plan. “It will train with the U.S. Navy in the South China Sea,” he added, asking not to be identified because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

A spokesman for Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force declined to comment.



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17 Responses to Big Boat Tuesday

  1. micki says:

    ARTICLE 9 of Japan’s Constitution, adopted post WWII:

    “ 第九条  日本国民は、正義と秩序を基調とする国際平和を誠実に希求し、国権の発動たる戦争と、武力による威嚇又は武力の行使は、国際紛争を解決する手段としては、永久にこれを放棄する。
    二  前項の目的を達するため、陸海空軍その他の戦力は、これを保持しない。国の交戦権は、これを認めない。

    The official English translation of the article is:

    “ ARTICLE 9. (1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
    (2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.


  2. Den says:

    For Carols toes, get a toe seperator:


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Just 44 minutes in the drizzle to the Tokyo Seoul. The river was so full it was flooding over the seat of a park bench. It had earlier been high enough to flood part of the trail and left a muddy mess there; I walked around.


  4. Den says:

    Looks like Comey has something to say, bombshell level tomorrow.

    Boom or fizz? We shall see.


    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      I predict no bombshell. Just a word salad to possibly toss a tid-bit while still saying they know-nothing, yet.


  5. Den says:

    This guy came in and wiped out my kegerator, BANNED!
    Leave some for me, sheesh.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Den will like


    • Den says:

      Funny you should bring that up, during one of the meteor showers years back I set out a pan t collect fragments and I did collect interesting fragments, some polished, some crusty anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5 mm, they looked cool under my stereo microscope.


  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Didn’t get here until two in the morning. Stuff always gets in the way of my internet rounds, but I’m happy. Love having lots to do all the time.

    Talk to ya tomorrow.


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