Japan receives new submarine

A new Soryu-class submarine has been delivered to the Japanese military by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
By Richard Tomkins   |   March 7, 2016 at 3:19 PM
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KOBE, Japan, March 7 (UPI) -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reports its delivery on Monday of its fourth Soryu-class submarine to Japan's Ministry of Defense.

Japan currently has seven of the submarines.

Soryu-class submarines are the world's largest conventionally powered submarines, equipped with state-of-the art technologies, including air-independent propulsion systems.

The submarines are 274.5 feet long, about 29.8 feet wide, and have a maximum speed of 20 knots.

The submarine delivered on Monday -- the Jinryu -- was the fourth Soryu-class vessel by MHI, which has manufactured a total of 26 submarines at its Kobe facility over the past 70 years.

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