VIDEO: Japan’s third Taigei-class submarine hits the water

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has held a naming and launching ceremony for the third Taigei-class submarine.

As informed, the ceremony took place on 12 October at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) Kobe Shipyard. The vessel was named Jingei. The word symbolically means the image of a whale, the king of the sea, galloping through the waves.

Japan’s first Taigei-class submarine entered service in March this year. The commissioning ceremony for the vessel Taigei, which means Great Whale, also took place at MHI’s shipyard.

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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 ensures quiet operation and longer endurance.

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.