JAPAN UNVEILS LARGEST WARSHIP SINCE WORLD WAR II
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier.
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Amid increasing tensions with China over some disputed islands, Japan unveils a warship that could double as an aircraft carrier.
The ship has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier.
The Izumo, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 metres (820ft feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters.
Japanese officials say it will be used in national defence – particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions.
It will also be used to bolster the nation’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
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Tokyo: Japan unveiled its biggest warship since World War II on Tuesday, a $1.2 billion helicopter carrier aimed at defending territorial claims, drawing criticism from regional rival China which accused its neighbour of “constant” military expansion.