United States to Deploy Two More Aegis Ships to Aid Japan

Maximiliano VCHK, April 7, 2014, 12:40 p.m.

The United States has decided that they will be deploying two more brand new Aegis ships to Japan shores by 2017 in order to counter the missile threat from North Korea, stated U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel upon visiting the country on April 6th.

The Aegis ships have the capability to detect incoming ballistic missiles at the initial stage of launch and can intercept with a missile of their own.  The addition of two Aegis ships to the fleet will bring the total number of Aegis ships in Japan to seven.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera Photo Credit to AP-Newsis

The seven Aegis ships will significantly bolster the defensive capabilities against the North Korean ballistic missile threat to Japan, the U.S. mainland, and also increase the level of deterrence towards North Korean aggression stated Hagel.

Regarding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's attempt to assert Japan's right to so-called collective self-defense, Hagel stated, "The United States welcomes Japan's efforts to play a more proactive role in contributing to global and regional peace and stability, including reexamining the interpretation of its Constitution relating to the rights of collective self-defense." The term "collective self-defense" is a euphemism for military intervention overseas if an ally is under threat.

Hagel has also accepted Tokyo's most recent decision to lift the long-established restraints on arms exports.

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