Japan Will Deploy a Helicopter Carrier in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean

Japan will send a large helicopter carrier to the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean for the second year in a row, in an attempt to increase its presence in this strategic maritime region with annual tours, according to two Japanese officials.

“It is part of Japan’s efforts to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said one of the officials, who have direct knowledge of the plan that will begin in September.

Japan will deploy a helicopter carrier in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean

The ‘Kaga’ vessel, which is 248 meters long, can operate several helicopters simultaneously and will make stops in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, as well as ports in India and Sri Lanka, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

In addition, the ‘Kaga’, which will be accompanied by an escort ship, could carry out joint maneuvers with warships from other countries in the region.

Japan will deploy a helicopter carrier in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.

The Japanese Army deployed last year the largest ship in its fleet, the helicopter carrier ‘Ise’, along with three aircraft carriers of US forces near the Korean peninsula for a series of joint military exercises.

Japan will deploy a helicopter carrier in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean

Japan’s growing visibility in those waters reflects the concern it shares with the United States over China’s military presence in a region through which vital trade routes for the Japanese and American economies pass.

Japan Will Deploy a helicopter Carrier in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean

China, which says its intentions are peaceful, claims the majority of the South China Sea. China has also increased the number of naval operations in the Indian Ocean.

 

 

Source: Europa Press