Japan’s second and final Izumo-class helicopter carrier was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 27 August.
Named Kaga (the first Japanese naval ship to take the name since the Second World War aircraft carrier that took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks and was lost at the Battle of Midway), the ship is due to be commissioned in March 2017.
Kaga is almost identical to JS Izumo , which was launched in August 2013 and commissioned in March 2015. The only differences from specifications released for Izumo is a draught of 7.1 m rather than 7.3 m, and a complement of 520 rather than 470, according to details provided by Japan Marine United.
Both displace 19,500 tonnes (24,000 tonnes at full load) and, like Izumo , Kaga is likely to be armed with two Raytheon Sea RAM RIM-116 systems and two Mk 15 Vulcan Phalanx close in weapon systems.