Japan Celebrate Expanding Naval Frigate Fleet
Earlier This Month, Japan Strengthened Its Navy Force
On November 14, Japan celebrated the launch of its eighth Mogami class frigate, JS Yūbetsu, in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture. The Mogami class 30FFM Multi-Function Frigates are considered the cornerstone of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and boast a wide range of advanced features. With their sleek and futuristic design, these stealthy frigates are well-equipped to undertake various mission-sets for the JMSDF, further enhancing Japan's maritime defense capabilities.
The Mogami class frigates have the capability to perform a diverse range of operations, including surveillance, minesweeping, and anti-surface, anti-air, and anti-submarine warfare. These frigates are equipped with advanced electronic warfare and sensor suites, ensuring optimal performance in different combat scenarios. However, their standout feature lies in their ability to operate with significantly smaller crews, enabling the JMSDF to accomplish more with fewer personnel.
JS Yūbetsu (FFM-8), named after Japan's Yūbetsu River in Hokkaido, follows the tradition of naming all frigates within the Mogami class after renowned Japanese rivers.
The vessel, currently under construction by prime contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), joins its predecessors JS Mogami, Noshiro, and Mikuma, which were commissioned in April 2022, December 2022, and March 2023, respectively. Notably, JS Kumano, the second frigate of the Mogami class, was built by subcontractor Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding and was commissioned prior to JS Mogami.
The launch of JS Yūbetsu marks a significant milestone in Japan's continuous efforts to bolster its maritime defense capabilities. The Mogami class frigates, with their advanced features and highly automated systems, are expected to play a crucial role in safeguarding Japan's territorial waters and maintaining regional security.
The ceremony held at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Maritime Systems on November 14, 2023, was attended by key dignitaries and military officials. The event showcased the technological prowess of Japan's shipbuilding industry and highlighted the nation's commitment to maintaining a strong naval presence.
Moving forward, the JMSDF will continue to focus on enhancing its naval fleet to effectively address evolving security challenges. The Mogami class frigates, with their versatility and advanced capabilities, serve as a testament to Japan's dedication to maintaining a robust maritime defense force.
As the JS Yūbetsu joins the JMSDF's fleet, Japan takes another step toward fortifying its maritime capabilities and ensuring the safety and security of its territorial waters. These frigates are poised to make a significant impact on future naval operations, providing the JMSDF with a technologically advanced and highly efficient platform to protect Japan's national interests.