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Minegumo-class Destroyer

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The Minegumo-class destroyer is a Destroyer class of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the successor of the Yamagumo-class.

This class derived from its predecessor Yamagumo-class to be fitted with the QH-50D DASH, the new anti-submarine drone helicopter in return for the removal of the ASROC system. And similarly, it mainly tasked with Anti-submarine warfare. In 1969, after the production of the QH-50D ceased, this class was no longer built and construction of the Yamagumo-class resumed.

The JMSDF considered refitting Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System Mk.1 with the Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopter in return for the facility of DASH, but this plan was abandoned because of the problem of cost. Finally, the facility of DASH was removed in 1979-82, and Mk.16 GMLS for the ASROC system was fitted.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Anti-submarine Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1968-2000
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 377 feet 11 inches (115.19 meters)
    • Beam: 38 feet 9 inches (11.81 meters)
    • Draft: 13 feet 1 inch (3.99 meters)
    • Displacement: 2,408 tons (Standard); 3,080 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 220
  • Propulsion: Mitsubushi 12UEV30/40 Diesel x 6, 2 shafts, 26,500 shp
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers) at 20 knots (37.04 km/h)
  • Speed: 28 knots (51.86 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • OPS-11B Air Search Radar
    • OPS-17 Surface Search Radar
    • SPG-34 Fire Control Radar
    • Type 1A Fire Control System
    • QQS-3 Hull Sonar
    • SQS-36 Variable Depth Towed Array Sonar
  • Countermeasures:
    • NOLR-5 intercept
  • Armament
    • 2 x 3"/5-caliber Mk.33 twin mount naval guns (replaced by 1 x OTO Melara 76mm Mk.75 naval gun)
    • 1 x Bofors 4-barreled 375mm ASW rocket launcher
    • 2 x 12.75" Type 68 triple fire torpedo tubes (fires Mk.46 Mod 5 Neartip torpedoes)
    • 1 x Mk.112 ASROC Launcher
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x QH-50 DASH (replaced by ASROC 1979-1982)

Unit Run[edit]

Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
DD-116
TV-3508
JDS Minegumo December 16, 1967 1968 1999
DD-117
TV-3509
JDS Natsugumo July 25, 1968 1969 1999
DD-118
TV-3511
JDS Murakumo November 15, 1969 1970 2000
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