Japan unveils a new submarine.
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On Wednesday, at a shipyard in Western Japan, a new submarine 29SS was unveiled as part of the plan to boost Japanese navy forces against China’s aggressiveness in East China Sea. The Defense Minister Nobou Kishi, and MSDF Chief of Staff Hiroshi Yamamura attended the inauguration.
The submarine was named Taigei, meaning large whale. It was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and costs $720 million. The 70- crew member submarine will enter service in the Japanese Navy in March 2022. It will be the 22nd submarine of the Japanese navy.
Japan’s plan to expand its fleet of submarines is part of a 2010 national security program, intended to deal with the growing security threat posed by China in the East China Sea. Japan firmly believes that China is expanding its air force and naval forces in both the East China Sea and South China Sea. China denies the accusations.