Modification Work On JS Kaga Nears Completion
Modification work to turn JS Kaga, a "helicopter destroyer" of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), into a F-35B aircraft carrier are nearing completion at a dock in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture, located in the western part of Japan's Honshu Island.
Yoshihiro Inaba 28 Dec 2022
Kaga, the second ship of the Izumo-class DDH, has been primarily designed to carry SH-60 helicopters and to operate as a core ship in anti-submarine warfare. In 2018, however, the Japanese government made a decision to modify the Izumo-class DDH to allow it to operate F-35B fighter jets. The main purpose of this is to strengthen air defense capabilities, especially in the Pacific region, and to complement the operation of the F-35B by the U.S. Navy’s LHA/LHD.https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/12/modification-work-on-js-kaga-nears-completion/