Faithful Five followers of my blog know I have advocated — for years — selling two full-size carriers (lease deal) to the Japanese and the Australians. Balance of power move. Anyway, some enterprising Japanese have figured out a cheap way to do what I was proposing. My hats off to them!!
This is from a column by Tyler Durden in the ZeroHedge blog:
“With the trade war with China turning hotter by the minute, any US troop deployment will be closely scrutinized. And when said deployment takes place close to China, alarm bells are bound to go off. Which is why a Friday report by USNI News that Tokyo officials have requested US Marines deploy F-35B fighters aboard Japan’s largest warships, is especially concerning as it puts in “kinetic” proximity Chinese, Japanese and now US troops.
According to the report, the Marines are now studying the feasibility of deploying short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) fighters from JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Kaga (DDH-184), Japan’s 24,000-ton big deck amphibious.
The warships were originally designed to field a fleet of anti-submarine warfare helicopters and respond to humanitarian aid and disaster relief. However, in December Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a move to convert the two ships to field the STOVL F-35s in parallel with Japan’s purchase of 42 F-35Bs, reported The Diplomat.”