Japan's biggest warship since World War II

Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT) March 26, 2015
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Workers look on at Japan's newest -- and biggest -- warship, the Izumo, moored in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture. It's the largest Japanese military vessel since World War II. MSDF
MSDF officials take part in a ceremony marking the commissioning of Japan's new Izumo helicopter carrier. MSDF
A launching ceremony for Japan's largest military ship since World War II is held in Yokohama in August 2013. Kyodo/Landov
Taro Aso, Japan's deputy prime minister and finance minister, acknowledges the crowd during the launching ceremony. Toru Hanai/Reuters/LANDOV
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force insists its new ship is not an aircraft carrier and will not be used to launch military jets. REUTERS/Kyodo/Landov
Crowds gather around the Izumo in Yokohama during the launching ceremony. Toru Hanai/Reuters/Landov
Japan's national flag, center, is displayed next to the flag for Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force, left, above decorations streaming from the ship. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
Confetti fills the air in Yokohama during the launch ceremony for the Izumo. Toru Hanai/Reuters/Landov