Japan launches, names second Taigei-class diesel-electric attack submarine

Hakugei, the second Taigei-class unit in the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) new class of diesel-electric attack submarines, has been launched and named in Japan.


The launching ceremony was held at Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ (KHI) shipyard in Kobe on 14 October, the navy officials revealed.

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The first Taigei-class vessel was named and launched a year ago at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works.

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The 3000-ton submarine features a length of 84 meters and a width of 9.1 meters and can accommodate about 70 people. It has a diesel-electric propulsion.

The Taigei submarine is equipped with a sonar system with improved detection capability. What is more, it has an advanced, stealth-like design and a lithium battery system that ensure quiet operation and longer endurance.

The Taigei-class is the successor of the JMSDF’s Soryu-class diesel-electric submarine.