On Tuesday, Japan unveiled its biggest warship since World War ii. The flat-top destroyer bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier.
The ship’s flight deck is nearly 820 feet long and is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters.
The destroyer’s launching ceremony was held at a shipbuilding port in Yokohama. Senior Vice Minister of Defense Akinori Eto and Finance Minister Taro Aso attended.
Japanese officials say the vessel will be used in national defense with a focus on anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions. The warship will bolster Japan’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating 2011 tsunami.
Although technically a destroyer, some experts believe it could be used to launch fighter jets or other aircraft that can take off vertically.
The new destroyer marks a change from Japan’s status quo. Although the country has one of the best-equipped and best-trained naval forces in the Pacific, it is regarded at large as only a defense force due to the belief that the present Japanese Constitution restrains Japan from engaging in offensive combat.
The U.S. administration has urged Japan to rethink its apparent pacifist stance. America wants it to take on more global responsibility. It appears Japan is accommodating America’s suggestion. In reality the U.S. is playing right into the hands of certain Japanese political and military elites who are intent on reviving an imperialist role for Japan in Southeast Asia.
Watch for Japan to form a closer alliance with its Asian neighbors to the point that it fulfills the great prophecy of such an alliance in Ezekiel 38. Continue to follow theTrumpet.com as we monitor Japan’s realignment in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. For a historical perspective, read “Japan to Make ‘Clear Shift’ Away From U.S.” ▪