Hyuga: First Helicopter Destroyer of Japan MSDF to have Female Crew

March 31, 2009 -- Helicopter Destroyer Hyuga (DDH 181), of Japan Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF) was commissioned on March 18. International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 08 of the year and the United States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.

To mark this occasion, Helicopter Destroyer Hyuga is the first JMSDF destroyer to have female crew. The ship is part of 16DDH project (16 as in the 16th year of the Heisei emperor in the Japanese calendar). The warship looks like an aircraft carrier with a flattop deck and is in fact a helicopter carrier but not classified as an aircraft carrier.

The name Hyuga is of a World War II hybrid battleship/carrier. The ship is comparable in size to modern small aircraft carriers of Italy’s MM Giuseppe Garibaldi, Spain’s Principe de Asturia and Britain’s Invincible. (MarineBuzz)

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