Kawasaki launches 2nd Taigei-class submarine “Hakugei”

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. hosted a ceremony to celebrate the launch of the submarine Hakugei (means White Whale) at its Kobe Works’ No.1 Building Berth on 14 October, KHI announced with a press release.​

A group of top Japanese Ministry of Defence officials attended the occasion.

Hakugei’s construction began in January 2019, and it is slated to be handed to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) Navy in March 2023.

The submarine is the second of the Taigei class and the 30th produced at the Kawasaki Kobe shipyard following WWII.

It has a high water pressure resistance performance due to the use of high strength steel for its pressure hull, as well as enhanced underwater operations and propulsion performance due to the use of an X-rudder. It also has lithium-ion battery systems for better underwater endurance, a range of automated systems, expanded surveillance capabilities employing high-performance sonar, increased stealth, enhanced safety measures, and female-only amenities.

Hakugei is a 3000-ton diesel-electric submarine powered by lithium-ion batteries. It is 84 meters in length and 9.1 meters in width. Seventy submariners will operate the submarine.

 
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Japan launches, names second Taigei-class diesel-electric attack submarine​


October 14, 2021, by Fatima Bahtić

Hakugei, the second Taigei-class unit in the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) new class of diesel-electric attack submarines, has been launched and named in Japan.

The launching ceremony was held at Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ (KHI) shipyard in Kobe on 14 October, the navy officials revealed.

10月14日、海上自衛隊は川崎重工業株式会社 神戸工場において、平成30年度計画潜水艦の命名式・進水式を実施し、「はくげい」と命名しました。「はくげい」は、たいげい型の2番艦であり、#白鯨 つまり白いマッコウクジラを意味します🐳#潜水艦 #鉄のクジラ #マッコウクジラ #たいげい #幸運 pic.twitter.com/Oi8vERp3E3
— 防衛省 海上自衛隊 (@JMSDF_PAO) October 14, 2021
The first Taigei-class vessel was named and launched a year ago at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works.

The 3000-ton submarine features a length of 84 meters and a width of 9.1 meters and can accommodate about 70 people. It has a diesel-electric propulsion.

The Taigei submarine is equipped with a sonar system with improved detection capability. What is more, it has an advanced, stealth-like design and a lithium battery system that ensure quiet operation and longer endurance.

The Taigei-class is the successor of the JMSDF’s Soryu-class diesel-electric submarine.

 
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