April 7, 2015 – “China is right to be alarmed by Japan’s new ‘helicopter destroyer'” (The Week)

“Two weeks ago, Japan commissioned its largest naval vessel since the end of World War II. Sleek and with the clean lines of a ship designed for stealth, JS Izumo pulled into Yokosuka Naval Base, her new home port, and officially joined the Maritime Self Defense Force… Officially, she’s a “helicopter destroyer” — a destroyer designed to carry helicopters. But Izumo is no ordinary destroyer. Destroyers are not 800 feet long nor do they displace 24,000 tons. They also don’t have a flight deck that runs the entire length of the ship, aircraft hangars, and the capability to embark up to 14 helicopters.”