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JDS Amatsukaze (DDG-163)

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JDS Amatsukaze (DDG-163) was a guided-missile destroyer (DDG) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and the only ship of her class. She was the first Japanese surface combatant equipped with surface-to-air missiles. She was launched on October 5th, 1963 and decommissioned on November 29th, 1995.

Amatsukaze was planned as the DDG variant of the preceding Akizuki-class anti-aircraft destroyers, mounting the American Tartar Guided Missile Fire Control System weapon system. However, the Tartar system turned out to be larger than expected, so Amatsukaze's design was altered completely, with an enlarged hull and with a shelter-deck design based on that of the Isuzu-class and uprated steam turbines.

Specifications[edit]

Orginal Configuration[edit]

  • Type: Guided Missile Destroyer (Hull designation symbol DDG)
  • Service Period: February 15th, 1965 - November 29th, 1995
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 429 feet 9 inches (130.99 meters)
    • Beam: 44 feet (13.41 meters)
    • Draft: 13 feet 9 inches (4.19 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,416 tons (Standard); 4,480 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 290
  • Propulsion: 2 x IHI/GE reaction steam turbines, 2 x IHI Model FWD2 water tube boilers, 2 x shafts, 60,000 shp (45 MW)
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • SPS-29 air-search radar
    • SPS-39 3D radar
    • SPG-51 fire-control radar
    • SQS-4 search sonar
    • SQR-8 attack sonar
  • Countermeasures:
    • NOLR-1B intercept
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 3"/50-caliber Mk.22 guns
    • 1 x Mk.13 missile launcher (40 RIM-24B Tartar SAMs)
    • 2 x Mk.15 Hedgehog ASW mortar
    • 2 x ASW torpedo racks

Final Configuration[edit]

  • Type: Guided Missile Destroyer (Hull designation symbol DDG)
  • Service Period: February 15th, 1965 - November 29th, 1995
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 429 feet 9 inches (130.99 meters)
    • Beam: 44 feet (13.41 meters)
    • Draft: 13 feet 9 inches (4.19 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,416 tons (Standard); 4,480 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 290
  • Propulsion: 2 x IHI/GE reaction steam turbines, 2 x IHI Model FWD2 water tube boilers, 2 x shafts, 60,000 shp (45 MW)
  • Speed: 33 knots (61.12 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPS-52 Air Search Radar
    • FCS-2-21D Gun Fire Control System
    • AN/SPG-51 Fire Control Radar
    • AN/SQS-23 Sonar
  • Countermeasures:
    • NOLR-6B (intercept)
    • OLR-9B (missile warning)
    • OLT-3 (jammer)
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 3"/50-caliber Mk.22 naval guns
    • 1 x Mk.13 Single Arm Missile Launcher (fires RIM-66 SM-1MR SAMs)
    • 1 x Mk.112 octuple launcher (fires RUR-5 ASROC ASW missiles)
    • 2 x Mk.32 SVTT (fires Mk.46 lightweight torpedoes)
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