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New MSDF Aegis warship commissioned 

  • March 21, 2021
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All papers reported on Saturday that the MSDF Haguro, a new MSDF Aegis destroyer, was commissioned at a dockyard in Yokohama on Friday. The ship will reportedly be deployed at Sasebo in the near future, bringing the total number of MSDF vessels equipped with advanced ballistic missile capabilities to eight as called for by the 2013 National Defense Program Guidelines. Asahi said the eight-vessel Aegis fleet is now expected to monitor not only North Korea but also China on account of the cancellation of the Aegis Ashore procurement. 

 

In a related story, Saturday’s Sankei and Asahi highlighted a Defense Ministry announcement on Friday that PLA Navy’s largest destroyer passed through the Tsushima Strait into the Sea of Japan. This was the first time for the ministry to confirm the operation of the Chinese warship in the Sea of Japan.  

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