Abe, Trump Inspect MSDF Destroyer Kaga

Politics

Yokosuka, Kanagawa Pref., May 28 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday inspected the Japanese Izumo-class destroyer Kaga at the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

The two leaders gave words of encouragement to roughly 500 U.S. and Japanese troops in the hangar of the ship.

"It's the very first time in history that the two leaders of Japan and the United States give words of encouragement together to members of the SDF and U.S. forces," Abe said.

"The Japan-U.S. alliance has become more robust than ever," he said. "The fact that we stand together on board the Kaga today is a testament to such robust alliance."

Abe also touched on his government's plans to renovate its two Izumo-class destroyers into de facto aircraft carriers that can host U.S.-made F-35B stealth fighters, saying that Japan can further contribute to peace and stability of the region.

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