Japan Launches New Aegis Destroyer

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On July 17, Japan launched its second Maya-class destroyer, JS Haguro (DDG-180), at a ceremony in Yokohama City. The vessel is the second ship of its class and the eighth Japan Marine Self-Defense Forces ship equipped with the Aegis Combat System. Fitted with the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, the destroyer will be capable of sharing fire control data with other Aegis-equipped ships in Japanese and allied fleets. The ship is expected to enter service in March 2021.