- Japan showcased its military might in the recently concluded Fleet Review
- The display was well-attended by vessels and aircrafts from India, SoKor, France, Australia and the US
- The Fleet Review also signaled US extended role in engagement in the western Pacific
Japanese military has showcased its naval power during the recent Fleet Review on Sunday at Sagami Bay, southwest of Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture; parading an armada of carriers, cruisers, destroyers and submarines.
The Izumo carrier, Japan’s biggest warship since World War II, is referred to by Abe as ‘helicopter destroyer’ in line with the country’s pacifist constitution that prohibits the military to settle international disputes through war or armed threats.
The presence of Admiral Tyson side-by-side with Abe also signaled the widening role of the United States in the western Pacific by scrapping the administrative boundary separating the areas of operation for the Seventh and Third Fleet.
The deployment of Tyson’s Third Fleet will enable the US military to engage potential enemies in troubled areas as quickly as possible from its home port in San Diego, California.
Previously, the Japan-based Seventh Fleet would took command whenever the Third Fleet would send warships to the area based on the demarcation boundary along the International Date Line separating their operational area. (Click here to read more)