Japan’s Biggest Warship Unites With US Navy In The Pacific – North Korea Better Watch Out!
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
As the USS Carl Vinson continues its tour of the Pacific the situation runs the risk of hostile actions. Namely, North Korea’s threats of a nuclear missile attack have people in East Asian feeling on edge. In a show of force, Japan’s biggest warship the JS Izumo has united with the United States Navy forces in the Pacific.
The JS Izumo in appearance resembles a carrier but is, in fact, a destroyer with a flight deck. This massive destroyer comes equipped with CWIS Phalanx Turrets, SeaRAM missiles and a full compliment of Mitsubishi SH-60J Helicopters perfectly suited for taking down North Koreas aging submarines.
“A so-called ‘helicopter destroyer,’ Izumo specializes in anti-submarine warfare. The ship, which was commissioned into service in 2015, outwardly resembles an aircraft carrier and includes a full-length flight deck, elevators, and even an aircraft hangar for storage and maintenance.”
– Kyle Mizokami
The JS Izumo will rendezvous with the USS Carl Vinson as it nears the Korean Peninsula and providing additional defense. Obviously, the less than stellar ballistic missiles don’t have the US Naval fleet worried but the North Korean submarines might get a lucky shot so the JS Izumo has that part covered. To see how big the JS Izumo really is check out this clip.