Japan displays naval muscle amid islands strife (VIDEO)
The tri-annual fleet review conducted special military maneuvers with more than 8,000 troops spread over 36 vessels.
Boasting an advanced Aegis radar system, new conventionally powered submarines and high-speed hovercrafts, the navy launched rockets and flares to enhance its overall display of power.
Over three dozen planes flew the friendly skies of the turbulent waters off the Japanese coast.
Tokyo is currently embroiled in a standoff with Beijing and Taiwan over a disputed chain of mineral-rich islands in the East China Sea, which each nation claims as its own.