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The Japanese People's Naval Self-Defense Force (JPNSDF; Japanese: 日本の人民海軍自衛隊 Nihon no Jinmin Kaigun Jieitai), unofficially called the East Japanese Navy (Japanese: 東日本海軍 Higashinihon Kaigun), is the naval branch of the Japanese People's Self-Defense Forces (JPSDF), tasked with the naval defense of East Japan. It was formed following the re-establishment of military forces in East Japan, on March 1st 1956. The JPNSDF has a medium-sized fleet and its main tasks are to maintain control of the nation's sea lanes and to patrol territorial waters.

History[edit | edit source]

The JPNSDF was formed on March 1st, 1956 in response to the formation of the Republic of Japan Navy in 1952. The first ships transferred over were two Atlanta-class cruisers, ten destroyers (two Gleaves-class, two Fletcher-class, and six Gearing-class), eighteen Tacoma-class frigates, and ten submarines (four Gato-class and six Tench-class).

List of Ships[edit | edit source]

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