45 ships of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence took part in Japan's annual naval review in the Pacific on Tuesday 3 November.
45 ships of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence took part in Japan's annual naval review in the Pacific on Tuesday 3 November. The Director General of the Japanese Defence Agency Mr. Jasuhiro Nakasone presided over the review and took the salute at the sea from the command ship Mochizuki.
Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force has 160,000 tons of shipping, less than the tonnage of just two capital ships in the Second World War. The present strength is 521 ships including 37 destroyers and 10 submarines. The Japanese Government has been under attack from its opposition who claims that Japan's sea strength is not enough for the defence of the country. The number of fighting ships is controlled by treaty.
The annual review of the fleet was held out of Yokosuka Naval Base south east of Tokyo. 45 ships put to sea for the review together with supporting aircraft. The Director of the Defence Agency told the officers and men that the country relied on them to protect the merchant fleet and to defend the country against possible aggression.
SYNOPSIS: At the Yokosuka Naval Base, south east of Tokyo, the Director of Japan's Defence Agency, Mr. Yasuhiro Nakasone, arrived for the country's annual naval review.
He went on board Japan's flagship, the Mochizuki, and put to sea for the review in the Pacific.
Japan's new escort ship Natsugumo and her sister ship the Minegumo led the sail past.
They were followed in line astern by the destroyers Terzuki and Akizuki, received from the United States under a military aid programme but built in Japanese shipyards.
They were followed by anti-submarine frigates of the Maritime Self-Defence Force and other smaller ships of the fleet.
The Maritime Self-Defence Force has 521 ships, most of them small and totalling only 160,000 tons altogether, the tonnage of only two capital ships of World War Two. In addition there are support aircraft, Neptunes, small reconnaissance aircraft, and seaplanes.
Helicopters are also used by the Japanese at sea, not only the manned s66 aircraft, but also pilotless helicopters equipped with sonar to detect submarines up to the 200 kilometres from the mother ship.
The Japanese Government has recently come under attack from its opposition who claim that the present sea strength is not enough for the defence of the country....But Japan's sea power is controlled by treaty. At the annual review, Mr. Nakasone stressed that the Maritime Self-Defence Force was for the protection of the merchant Fleet at sea and for the defence of the country against possible aggression.