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Japan’s Marine Corps Might Get a Nice New Warship

Acquiring LHDs would align Japan’s navy with allied and rival fleets

Here’s What You Need to Know: Japan may need more ships.

  • David Axe
  • The National Interest

A Japanese shipbuilder is pitching a new amphibious assault ship that could transport the Japanese military’s new Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade marine force and its MV-22 tiltrotors.

Japan Marine United Corporation revealed, at the DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition in Chiba in late November 2019, its design for a new landing helicopter dock, or LHD.

The 19,000-ton-displacement vessel’s design features a floodable well deck for embarking two LCAC air-cushion landing craft plus 20 AAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles.

Its full-length…

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