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Japan displays naval muscle amid islands strife (VIDEO)

Published time: October 12, 2012 03:06
Edited time: October 12, 2012 07:06

Japan displays naval muscle amid islands strife

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A graceful yet compellingly powerful Japanese armada has embellished the country’s Sagami Bay, showcasing the latest firepower of seabound warfare.

­The tri-annual fleet review conducted special military maneuvers with more than 8,000 troops spread over 36 vessels.

Boasting an advanced Aegis radar system, new conventionally powered submarines and high-speed hovercrafts, the navy launched rockets and flares to enhance its overall display of power.

Over three dozen planes flew the friendly skies of the turbulent waters off the Japanese coast.

Tokyo is currently embroiled in a standoff with Beijing and Taiwan over a disputed chain of mineral-rich islands in the East China Sea, which each nation claims as its own.

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