U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan returns to Yokosuka base

Aug 9, 2017

U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan returns to Yokosuka base

The U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan returned Wednesday to its home port of Yokosuka Naval Base following a nearly three-month mission that included patrols and drills in the Sea of Japan. The Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered carrier left the port on May 16 with about 5,000 sailors ...

Duterte pays visit to MSDF destroyer in Subic Bay

Jun 5, 2017

Duterte pays visit to MSDF destroyer in Subic Bay

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte boarded the Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Izumo over the weekend while it was docked in Subic Bay for a goodwill visit. The action seems intended to signal that there is no change in his stance on emphasizing the Philippines' relations with ...

Outgoing U.S. defense chief tours Japan's largest naval vessel

Dec 6, 2016

Outgoing U.S. defense chief tours Japan's largest naval vessel

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday inspected Japan's largest naval vessel since World War II, the Izumo helicopter carrier, at a Maritime Self-Defense Force base in Kanagawa Prefecture. Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told a news conference in Tokyo that she will meet Carter ...

Oct 20, 2016

New, fuel-efficient MSDF destroyer Asahi launched in Nagasaki

The Maritime Self-Defense Force's newest destroyer was christened the Asahi and launched Wednesday at a shipyard in Nagasaki. The new destroyer, which is to go into service in March 2018, is the first MSDF ship that uses a combined gas turbine engine and electric propulsion ...