The largest warship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) since World War II docks in Singapore for a whole week friendly visit. JS Kaga and its escort ship JS Inazuma aims to strengthen ties with its ASEAN counterparts as well as to pursue freedom of navigation along contested waterways, especially that in the West Philippine Sea.
Singapore is the last port of call for JS Kaga in its two-month-long deployment. Now before visiting said State, the Japanese Navy’s largest warship also visited the Philippines and Sri Lanka. “This deployment is in line with free and open Indo-Pacific strategy promoted by the government of Japan who seeking active contribution for maritime security on the Indo-Pacific region through strengthening relationships with our partner navies in the region,” said Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda. JS Kaga is an aircraft carrier capable of hosting up to 28 aircraft whereas its escort ship JS Inazuma is a Murasame-class destroyer.