New Japanese Submarine Launched

The newest Japanese submarine was launched into the water by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) last week during a festive ceremony in Kobe.

The submarine, named Kukoryu (Black Dragon), is said to be state-of-the art and was built at a cost of 53.4 billion yen (US$540M) by Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Adorned with several rising sun flags, the Kukoryu sat on the slipway waiting to be launched, when workers knocked out several blocks holding it in place and the 84-meter-long submarine quickly yet smoothly slid backwards into the ocean. The JMSDF’s sixth submarine will remain docked in that area while the finishing touches are done on its interior.


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