Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. held a ceremony marking the delivery of the submarine Hakugei to the Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD) at its Kobe Shipyard Nishihama Quay at 11:55 AM. A delegation of top MOD officials attended the ceremony.
The submarine is the second Taigei class submarine and the 30th built at Kawasaki Kobe Shipyard after World War II.
It provides superior submerged operation, propulsion performance, and high water pressure resistance by using high-strength steel for its pressure hull. It also has lithium-ion battery systems for increased underwater endurance, various automated systems, improved surveillance capabilities using high-performance sonar, increased stealth capabilities, enhanced safety measures, and several facilities for the female crew.