Japan 2017-05-01T20:47:31+00:00

Japan Self-Defense Forces has 4 helicopter carriers:

Hyuga-Class Helicopter Carrier

2 Hyūga-class helicopter destroyers – 19,000 ton (full load) anti-submarine warfare carriers with enhanced command-and-control capabilities allowing them to serve as fleet flagships.


Izumo-Class Helicopter Carrier

2 Izumo-class helicopter destroyer – 820-foot-long (250 m), 19,500-ton (27,000 tons full load) helicopter carrier, launched August 2013 and commissioned March 2015. This is the largest military ship Japan has had since World War II

USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193)

March 31st, 2018|0 Comments

SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 31, 2018) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193). Mustin is [...]

A F-35B Lightning II prepares to take off from the flight deck of the USS Wasp (LHD 1)

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

PHILIPPINE SEA (March 26, 2018) A F-35B Lightning II assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) prepares to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). [...]

Two French Navy Atlantique 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft sit on the flightline at Sigonella Air Station

March 12th, 2018|0 Comments

SIGONELLA, Sicily (March 12, 2018) Two French Navy Atlantique 2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft sit on the flightline at Sigonella Air Station during Dynamic Manta 18. Dynamic Manta is an NATO Maritime Command-led exercise designed [...]

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Naval Base

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 23, 2018) Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) departs Naval Base San Diego in support of Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18). PP18's mission is to work collectively with host [...]

Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class on guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105)

February 26th, 2018|0 Comments

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2018) Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Joe Tyson, front, and Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Jake Anderson, both assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), man MK 38 MOD [...]

a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer

February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

VARNA, Bulgaria (Feb. 18, 2018) Ship's Serviceman Seaman Darnell Thomas mans a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), during mooring operations in Varna, Bulgaria, Feb. 18, 2018. [...]