Maritime Self-Defense Force

For MSDF's newest 'ninja' submarines, it's all about stealth
The Hakuryu submarine is berthed at MSDF Kure Naval Base in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Feb. 21. (Fumiaki Sonoyama)
Known as the “ninja of the seas,” Japan’s Hakuryu submarine carries enough firepower to knock out an aircraft carrier with a single blow.
Despite appearances, Japan insists Izumo is not an aircraft carrier
The Izumo at its launching ceremony in August 2013 in Yokohama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Maritime Self-Defense Force’s newest ship has a flight deck its entire length and is nearly the size of the Shokaku and Zuikaku aircraft carriers that took part in the...
MSDF to punish whistle-blower over seaman's suicide
The family of the Maritime Self-Defense Force member who committed suicide in 2004 keeps his uniform and posters of his favorite rock band in his room in this picture taken in 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Maritime Self-Defense Force officer who conducted a successful yet lengthy campaign to get information released on bullying against an MSDF seaman who committed suicide in...
Japan plans 2 more Aegis destroyers to defend against North Korea
The destroyer Chokai launches a Standard Missile-3 interceptor in Hawaii. (Provided by the Maritime Self-Defense Force)
The Defense Ministry plans to deploy two additional destroyers equipped with the Aegis missile-interceptor system within 10 years to better defend Japan against possible...
Maritime Self-Defense Force urges public to get online, vote for...
The MSDF website voting page for the “Mr. & Ms. JMSDF” contest (Provided by the Maritime Self-Defense Force)
Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has come up with a popularity contest to help the general public understand the nature of its work.
Japan’s new helicopter destroyer, the imperial navy legacy and...
About two weeks ago, the naming ceremony of the new helicopter destroyer of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force drew criticisms from the international media.
MSDF names female destroyer captains for first time
Maritime Self-Defense Force warships used in training exercises, in April 2010 in Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Maritime Self-Defense Force has named its first female skippers for destroyers used in training exercises.
Coast guard to deploy retired MSDF ships to counter Chinese...
Japan Coast Guard cutters keep a close watch on Chinese surveillance ships near the Senkaku Islands in September 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a move that is bound to anger Beijing, the Japan Coast Guard is planning to use soon-to-be-mothballed Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers to bolster patrols around the...
Defense Ministry mulls request to provide submarine technology for ...
A Soryu-class submarine (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's Defense Ministry is weighing whether to share submarine technology developed by a contractor for the Maritime Self-Defense Force with the Royal Australian Navy, sources ...
Japan, S. Korea separate defense issues from political reality
Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force members
pay respects Nov. 7 at the Daejeon National Cemetery in Daejeon, South Korea, to 46 South Korean sailors killed in 2010. (Yoshihiro Makino)
DAEJEON, South Korea--Despite an attack of political chills over a territorial issue that recently came to the boil, Japan and South Korea still maintain warm defense ties.
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