Largest Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force warship enters service

The largest Japanese warship was commissioned for Japan Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday, March 25. This 24,000-ton helicopter destroyer is Japan’s largest warship built post World War II. It has 5 helicopter landing area and can carry up to 30 helicopters. It has an unofficially declared capability of carrying multi-role fighter jets.

The warship is similar to a light aircraft carrier and is even larger than few class of light aircraft carriers. For some restrictions in the Japanese constitution, the carrier is classified as helicopter destroyer.

The warship is legally an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and humanitarian and a disaster relief (HADR) platform.

JS Izumo (DDH-183) is the first of two Izumo-class helicopter destroyer. The second ship in the class, still unnamed, is currently under construction and is expected to enter service in 2017.