Japanese destroyer Izumo stops in Singapore

Japanese destroyer Izumo stops in Singapore

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Izumo was shown to the media at the port of Singapore. It is the vessel's first stop overseas.

The Izumo arrived in Singapore after completing its mission to escort a US naval ship off the Japanese coast earlier this month in response to heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The Izumo will take part in a multilateral drill including members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

On Monday, it will join naval vessels in an international fleet review, before taking part in the multilateral drills in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean for 3 months.

It seems the Izumo's participation in the drills with the other countries is aimed at keeping China in check as the country increases its maritime activities.

The Escort Flotilla One Commander, Rear Admiral Yoshihiro Goka, says he wants to work with other countries to protect and develop freedom of navigation.

The Izumo is Japan's largest destroyer that came into service in 2015. It has a 250-meter deck with a bridge on one side, and is shaped like an aircraft carrier. It can carry up to 14 helicopters.