10Izumo-Class Helicopter Destroyer
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force employs two of the largest warships in the world with these 814 foot ships, the Izumo and the Kaga. The Izumo-Class are the largest military ships in the Japanese fleet since WWII and carry a regular compliment of 970. Despite its size, the Izumo-Class Helicopter Destroyer is a defensive ship. Due to Japan’s post-World War II pacifist constitution, it carries anti-sub and anti-ship weapons, but is not fitted with any surface attack weaponry. The ship’s strength lies in aircraft capacity. The Izumo-Class can carry up to 28 aircraft and boasts five helicopter landing pads for simultaneous take-off and landing. Additionally, there is cargo space for up to 50 vehicles. Powered by four gas turbines generating 112,000 horsepower, the vessel can reach a speed of 30 knots.