Abe, Trump To Go Aboard Japanese Destroyer

Abe, Trump to go aboard Japanese destroyer

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump will board a Japanese destroyer on Tuesday, the final day of the US president's visit to Japan.

Abe and Trump will visit a base in Yokosuka, near Tokyo, and board the Kaga, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's largest destroyer.

Tokyo plans to refurbish the ship so that it can effectively function as an aircraft carrier, capable of carrying F-35B stealth fighter jets. Trump apparently wants Japan to purchase F-35Bs and other hardware.

After seeing the destroyer, Trump will take a helicopter to the USS Wasp, the US Navy's amphibious assault ship. It is anchored nearby. There, he will give an address to US soldiers.
In the speech, Trump is expected to highlight the importance of staving off conflict in the region.

At a news conference on Monday, Trump expressed his desire to show the world how strong the Japan-US alliance is.

Trump is scheduled to leave Japan Tuesday afternoon.