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Aerospace & Defense

Japan takes in first advanced 'great whale' submarine

Mitsubishi Heavy delivers $700m vessel to Defense Ministry

Uniformed personnel stand on top of the new Taigei-class submarine during a ceremony at a shipyard in Kobe. (Photo by Naoki Hori)

KOBE, Japan -- The Japanese Ministry of Defense has officially received the first new Taigei-class submarine at a Kobe shipyard, completing the 22-sub fleet sought by the government.

Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Taigei is the Self-Defense Forces' most advanced submarine. Improved sonar helps it detect enemy assets better, for example, even as the sub itself runs more quietly to be less detectable.

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