MSDF to join RIMPAC naval drills off Hawaii in August

National Jul 14, 2020

MSDF to join RIMPAC naval drills off Hawaii in August

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force will participate in the U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, multinational naval exercises to be held off Hawaii between Aug. 17 and 31, Defense Minister Taro Kono said Tuesday. MSDF troops will only join offshore drills, without participating in exchange ...

Japan gets seventh Aegis destroyer, with improved SM-3 interceptor

National Mar 19, 2020

Japan gets seventh Aegis destroyer, with improved SM-3 interceptor

The Maritime Self-Defense Force on Thursday put into commission its newest Aegis-equipped destroyer, the first of its vessels to be equipped with an improved antiballistic missile jointly developed by the United States and Japan. The Maya, capable of countering short- to intermediate-range threats with the ...