Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BIV, Aug 6, 2013.
No catapults... no aircraft carrier.
It's an LHA. Landing Helicopter Assault ship.
No ramps either like the British have for their carriers that have Harrier jets... like:
Better nuke them again, just to make sure they don't have any malicious intentions.
Let's consider it an anniversary gift.
I guess they have to defend their right to weird, pixelated, tentacle porn at all costs.
Kinda... looks more SAR and ASW... from the Wiki article...
The Ministry of Defense (MOD) first announced plans for the new class on November 23, 2009. This ship's primary mission is anti-submarine warfare but peacekeeping and disaster relief operations are also being considered.
The ship will be able to carry up to 14 helicopters, however only 7 ASW helicopters and 2 SAR helicopters are planned for the initial aircraft complement. For other operations, 400 troops and 50 3.5t trucks (or equivalent equipment) can also be carried. The flight deck has 5 helicopter landing spots that allow simultaneous landings or take-offs. The ship is equipped with 2 Phalanx CIWS and 2 SeaRAM for its defense. The destroyers of this class were initially intended to replace the two ships of the Shirane class, which were originally scheduled to begin decommissioning in FY2014.
Forecast International has reported that some of the design changes with respect to the previous class are intended to support the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, although neither the MOD or the JMSDF have ever mentioned the possibility of introducing carrier-based aircraft.
The construction of the first ship of the class began in 2011 at an IHI Marine United shipyard in Yokohama. with funding totaling 113.9 billion yen ($1.5 billion) being set aside in the fiscal 2010 budget for this purpose. Commissioning of the first of class is currently scheduled for 2015.
Interesting naming scheme for their ships...
Names of natural phenomena in the heavens or the atmosphere, mountains, rivers or regions - Destroyers/Destroyer escorts
Names of natural phenomena in the ocean or maritime animals - Submarines
Names of islands, straits, channels or one that added a number to the type - Mine Warfare Ship
They can play all the classification games they want, but it's pretty obvious that the Japs are looking to acquire some offensive air attack capabilities with this ship.
ASW, SAR, whatever... it's all just "non-aggression" semantics. The ship can easily be outfitted with VTOL jets later... which makes it an LHA in a heartbeat.
It still bugs the living piss out of me that they made the "World Trade Center steel ship" a milk wagon...
"amphibious transport dock"
Allah forbid we should make an asskicking cruiser bristling with missiles out of the World Trade Center steel... that might offend the tender sensibilities of the towelheads and they'd have a sad.
No... let's make a kind and gentle transport dock instead.
Ugh... the US has become a neutered country... we're just utterly nutless.
USS Muzzie Fucker
Prob makes sense since this is bigger then there existing Helicopter Destroyers they have... guess they can rig a ramp or something on the bow later.
Japan might start flying down the shitter too soon.
By law they can only use city names for LSD/LPD ships. They could have used the steel in a different kind of ship, but the name wouldn't have been related.
Oh, thas a beegu broat!
USS cruisers are named after cities.
Well, let's be realistic: muzzies barely manage to paddle canoes. A cruiser would be overkill. OTOH, the Marines carried around on an LPD will likely kill a lot of towel headed assholes.
Japan seems to be accelerating its naval growth. The previous class of 2 much smaller helicopter "destroyers" only finished building 2 years ago.
At a guess, Japan is using that previous class to ramp up training in the skills necessary to run a carrier. Even a helicopter carrier has evolutions that are ridiculously difficult. The skills necessary to run a full-on aircraft carrier, Japan can't get unless they borrow help from the US, France, UK, or maybe India (if they were really, really desperate).
This is likely all in response to China, which makes it a good thing from the US POV. Japan makes a decent tripwire in Asia, much like the Brits against the Soviets back in the day in Europe.
Right after he gets done sniffing that cross mounted pussy down by the river
Isn't their gift of Yoko Ono enough?