China now has more surface combat ships than Japan


By commissioning more advanced destroyers and frigates into active service, China now possesses more surface combat ships than Japan, reports the Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News.

After China showcased its DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile and DF-26 medium-range ballistic missile during its military parade held on Sept. 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan decided to flex its muscle as well through its 28th fleet review. Held on Oct. 18 at Sagami Bay, west of Yokosuka, the review featured nearly 40 Japanese warships including helicopter destroyer, JS Izumo, the largest vessel of JMSDF.

Japan currently has 138 warships, including four helicopter destroyers, 16 submarines, and 44 destroyers and frigates. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) also operates 162 fixed-wing aircraft and 131 helicopters.

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