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Japan Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer Ikazuchi, left, sails alongside the USS George Washington during their military maneuvers known as Keen Sword 2011, in the Pacific Ocean, on Monday.

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Great Pic! It shown the awesome size of the George Washington compared to the Japanese Destryer.

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must be VERY cold there.

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yes, master. yes, master. (nod head and grin repeatedly)

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That pic is awesome. Also, the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON is hueg!

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I remember the rendezvous games and "we're mates" cough cough thing or just meeting up along side pretending when I was on the USS Indy... we always kinda looked at each other and said "these guys actually flew kamekazes into our carriers back in the day...hey look that dude he's picking his nose, is that the skipper?"... I swear this website is just all irony and perhaps that's why I like to hit it up. I think a --B48 should do a KEEN SWORD show on the brow for both countries. Tough guys to fairies. btw- that one dude on the right is flashing the light, for International morse ship code MATES, ADD ME AS FRIEND ON FACEBOOK- beep beep.

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sharpie at 08:31 AM JST - 7th December yes, master. yes, master. (nod head and grin repeatedly)

And if the US weren't there and Japan had their own blue water fleet of carriers you'd be crying about Japanese Imperialism. Ironically Japan's the only Asian country that has any history of succesfully running a blue water navy.

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And if the US weren't there and Japan had their own blue water fleet of carriers you'd be crying about Japanese Imperialism.

Totally agree.

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Awesome picture. Eventhough i am totally against aggression, war or anything to do with that.

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Those boats are so very close together. This looks like the Japanese boat is possibly trying to ram the American ship, similar to a still shot from the Senkaku Island video of the CHinese and Japanese boats playing around.

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Ironically Japan's the only Asian country that has any history of succesfully running a blue water navy.

Bollocks! The Koreans smashed the Japanese back in the late 1500`s.

WIKI: Panokseons and the Korean navy were most widely used during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598) when Admiral Yi Sun-sin's brilliant strategy defeated Japanese fleets. Admiral Yi also developed the turtle ship upon an older design. Turtle ships are celebrated in Korea as the first ironclad warship in the world

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It's time to show Chinese who's the daddy!

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"And if the US weren't there and Japan had their own blue water fleet of carriers you'd be crying about Japanese Imperialism."

as if consistently repudiating imperialism wherever it's coming from is somehow wrong?

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"I think I can I think I can I think I can"

Ahhh... the little boat that could.

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"It's time to show Chinese who's the daddy!"

By tailing a US carrier? Yeah, that'll show 'em who's boss, alright! :)

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bobbafet - Do you know what a Blue Water Navy means?

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It's time to scrap for Japan that damn Article 9 and start building aircraft carriers of their own. China has grandiose plans to build their made in China carriers.

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bobbafet - Do you know what a Blue Water Navy means?

probably not LOL

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The ocean looks so calm and beautiful, very nice shot indeed.

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Once again we are shown that without America making the running and putting its own sons and daughters on the line, freedom in this world would not exist. God Bless the U.S. Navy!

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That is one amazing photograph and demonstrates a kind of trust.

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It is a pretty nice shot, though.

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Rather than joining the largest-ever military drills with the U.S. which is against our Constitution and will only increase tension in the northeast Asia, Japan should urge the U.S. to keep the agreement of 1994 which the U.S. and North Korea concluded in Geneve so that they can find their ways to denuclearization and eventual reunification of the Korean peninsula through a peaceful process.

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If you erase the comments about the Chinese Zheng He, then please erase comments about Korea. Thank you.

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GW is 97000 tons, HUGE!!!

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Even God noticed, putting a 1 in the sky:)

Nice ships, shame they are designed to end people's lives.

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In case anybody is wondering what is happening here - The GW was delivering fuel to the Ikazuchi through a procedure called connected replenishment. That is why the two ships are so close. As for size diffecnce . . . no kidding. The GW is a carrier. The JMSDF ship is a frigate. The fact that the picture was taken from the GW's signal bridge only adds to the size differential. It was nice to see the crew of the Ikazuchi wave to us when they separated.

There are even a few JMSDF Sailors onboard. Good people.

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If she's of the Marusame class, she's got some teeth with the MK 41 VLS, SSM-1 launcher and the SH-60J Seahawk. Nice looking design.

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"Connected Replenishment"? Back in my day (400 or so years ago) we called it an "UNREP" (UNderway REPlenishment). It's a very touchy maneuver and needs to be practiced (like they are in these maneuvers) so that collisions don't happen. Unlike a car where you can just swerve away from side-swiping another car, ships turn by swinging their stern TOWARDS the object they're trying to get clear of. If you drift too close to the other ship, the only way you can get clear is put the pedal to the metal and get your stern clear of the other ship's bow before executing the turn away. It creates a serious "pucker factor" for the sailors on-deck.

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Hidden from view behind the George Washington is a mock-up of a Sea Shepherd vessel. The Ikazuchi has just successfully rammed it....

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bobbafett at 10:52 AM JST - 7th December "Ironically Japan's the only Asian country that has any history of succesfully running a blue water navy." Bollocks! The Koreans smashed the Japanese back in the late 1500`s.

The Korean (as well as the Japanese) fleets were brown water navies. Tsushima to the South Korean coast is a mere 40 miles.

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nice picture

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hope they go and take back taiwan

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