Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer now Operational

JMSDF - Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer (DDH 183) has been declared operational. Date of Commission : 25 Mar 2015. The Izumo-class helicopter destroyer or 22DDH is a type of new helicopter carrier class being constructed for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The ships of this class will be the largest surface combatants of the JMSDF, taking over the mantle currently held by the Hyūga-class helicopter destroyers. The lead ship was officially unveiled at Yokohama on 6 August 2013.

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