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Bona fide Aegis destroyers would only be able to operate one-third of year

  • December 3, 2020
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NHK reported this morning that it has learned from a source that bona fide Aegis destroyers, which the Defense Ministry is considering building as an alternative to the canceled Aegis Ashore deployment, would only be able to carry out their missile defense mission for about one-third of the year and that the existing Aegis-equipped vessels would need to cover the remainder of the year because the Aegis destroyers would require maintenance and crew training. Noting that one of the objectives of deploying the Aegis Ashore system was to have the existing Aegis-equipped vessels focus on surveillance in the East China Sea instead of missile defense operations, the network said the latest finding has revealed that that the existing Aegis-equipped vessels will not be completely relieved from their missile defense duties under the current alternative plan. A Ministry of Defense official reportedly told the network: “Under the current plan, our objectives for the Aegis Ashore deployment will not fully be achieved….If we rush our discussions, we may end up with an insufficient alternative plan. We need to go back and discuss what we want our missile defense to look like.”

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