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JMSDF Commissions its Second Izumo-Class Helicopter Carrier JS Kaga (DDH 184)
 
JS Kaga DDH 184 JMSDF Japan 1 Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class Helicopter Destroyer "Kaga" (hull number DDH-184) during the ceremony at the JMU Japan Marine United Corporation shipyard in Yokohama Isogo on March 22nd.
 
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Naval Forces News - Japan
 
 
 
JMSDF Commissions its Second Izumo-Class Helicopter Carrier JS Kaga (DDH 184)
 
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class Helicopter Destroyer "Kaga" (hull number DDH-184) during the ceremony at the JMU Japan Marine United Corporation shipyard in Yokohama Isogo on March 22nd.
     
JS Kaga DDH 184 JMSDF Japan 1 DDH-184 "Kaga", the second Izumo class Helicopter Destroyer during the commissioning ceremony. Picture: JMSDF
 
 
The vessel was nammed and launched in August 2015. Kaga was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the third to enter service, named after the former Kaga Province in present-day Ishikawa Prefecture.

Izumo class Helicopter Destroyers have 5 helicopter spots and accomodation for 14 in hangar (a typical "air wing" would consist in 7 SH-60J or SH-60K ASW Helicopters, 2 UH-60J SAR Helicopters, 2 MCH-101 minesweeping helicopters and 2 CH-47J).
     
JS Kaga DDH 184 JMSDF Japan 2 DDH-184 "Kaga", the second Izumo class Helicopter Destroyer during the commissioning ceremony. Picture: JMSDF
 
 
First of class DDH138 Izumo was commissioned on 25 March 2015 in Yokosuka naval base. Izumo is the flagship of the JMSDF fleet and is the largest warship built by Japan since World War II. The 248-meter-long and 19,500-ton helicopter carrier was unveiled for the first time in August 2013 in Yokohama.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the helicopter carrier is expected to play a key role both in defense of territorial sovereignty, in rescue missions, and in case of natural disasters.

To learn more: Izumo class (22DDH) Helicopter Destroyer Technical Datasheet
     
JS Kaga DDH 184 JMSDF Japan 3 DDH-184 "Kaga", the second Izumo class Helicopter Destroyer during the commissioning ceremony. Picture: JMSDF