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Japan’s New Super-Sized Destroyer Will Help Defend Against Ballistic Missiles And More

The pair of ships could shoot down North Korea missiles, as well as challenge Chinese claims and aid Japan in projecting power beyond its shores.

  • Joseph Trevithick
  • The Drive

Japan Marine United, or JMU, has launched the first example of a new subclass of guided missile destroyers for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, which will significantly boost the country’s ballistic missile defense capabilities, particularly with regards to North Korea.

179 1aAt the same time, though, the ship will enhance Japan’s ability to defend its own territorial claims and project naval power more broadly in East Asia and beyond.

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