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Japan launches new submarine amid fun-looking party

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The newest submarine for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) was launched into the water for the first time during a festive ceremony in Kobe on Oct 31.

The submarine, named Kokuryu (Black Dragon), is said to be state-of-the art and was built at a cost of 53.4 billion yen by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. It seems no cost was spared for the ceremony either which had streamers, balloons, and a bunch of other cool stuff.

Adorned with several rising sun flags in both the regular national design and controversial war flag still used by the JMSDF, the Kokuryu sat on the slipway waiting to be launched.

Then workers knocked out several blocks holding it in place and the 84-meter-long submarine quickly yet smoothly slid backwards into the ocean. The JMSDF’s sixth submarine will remain docked in that area while the finishing touches are done on its interior.

The name Kokuryu belongs to a mythical dragon that is said to protect the North in Japanese mythology as well as Chinese where its known as heilong. When all the work is completed, the submarine will be dispatched to either Yokosuka Base in Kanagawa Prefecture or Kure Base in Hiroshima Prefecture in March of next year.

Source: MSN Sankei News

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China has 70 subs so Japan will need to build a few more yet, interesting the US launched it's biggest most advanced destroyer last month with no fanfare at all.

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"Adorned with several rising sun flags in both the regular national design and controversial war flag still used by the JMSDF, the Kokuryu sat on the slipway waiting to be launched."

Not controversial to 99% of the planet, it's the Japanese naval ensign. Been used by the JMSDF since 1968 but the Koreans only woke up to whining about it recently.

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Is it nuclear ?

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(JT) Kokuryu (not Kukoryu in first paragraphs). Whether or not it is nuclear is unclear.

Probably diesel electric.

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Thank you. The typo has been fixed.

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Not controversial to 99% of the planet, it's the Japanese naval ensign. Been used by the JMSDF since 1968 but the Koreans only woke up to whining about it recently.

China alone accounts for 20% of the world's population.

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It's great to Japan refurbishing its military hardware. While America is genuinely happy to see its closest Asia ally strengthen its defense, we are well aware of other "regional" naysayers will use the occasion to espouse some negative militaristic intention for self serving propaganda.

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Japan will need this to stand up to increasing Chinese aggression.

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What good is a sub if it cannot be used against an enemy outside the legal limits of Japan's waters? Change the constitution!

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noryosan:

But China is invading Japanese waters. Japan should start doing something about that.

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