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Shirane-class Helicopter Destroyer

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The JMSDF helicopter destroyer JS Kurama (DDH-144) underway in the Pacific Ocean on January 9, 2011.

The Shirane-class destroyers are a class of Japanese destroyer originally built during the late 1970s and still in active service in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. They are built around a large central hangar which houses up to three helicopters and they are the natural successor of the Haruna-class destroyers.

The Shirane-class incorporates an improved design based on the Haruna-class destroyers. The Shirane-class is also the first Japanese ships to be fitted with 3D radars, the NEC OPS-12. The ships propulsion include two steam boilers with two shafts that produce 70,000 shp and gives a maximum speed of 32 knots. Its armament includes two Mk.42 5"/54-caliber guns, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, one Mk.25 Sea Sparrow missile launcher, torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets. The ships are expected to be replaced by the new Izumo-class helicopter destroyers. Shirane and Kurama were later sold to the Philippines in early 2016.


  • Type: Helicopter Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1980-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 522 feet (159.11 meters)
    • Beam: 57 feet 5 inches (17.5 meters)
    • Draft: 17 feet 5 inches (5.31 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,200 tons (Standard); 7,500 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 350-360
  • Propulsion: 2 x IHI FWD2 boilers 850 psi (60 kg/cm², 5.9 MPa), 430 °C, 2 x IHI impulse steam turbines, 2 shafts, 70,000 shp (52 MW)
  • Range:
  • Speed: 32 knots (59.26 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • OPS-12 3D Air Search Radar
    • OPS-28 Surface Search Radar
    • OPS-22 Navigation Radar
    • FCS-1A Gun Fire Control System
    • WM-25 SAM Fire Control System (replaced by FCS-2-12 Fire Control System)
    • OQS-101 Hull Mounted Sonar
    • AN/SQS-35(J) Variable Depth Sonar
    • AN/SQR-18A Towed Array Sonar
  • Countermeasures:
    • NOLQ-1 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • OLR-9B Radar Warning Receiver
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo countermeasures suite
    • 4 x Mk.36 SBROC
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 5"/54-caliber Type 73 naval guns
    • 1 x Mk.25 Sea Sparrow missile launcher
    • 1 x Type 74 ASROC Launcher
    • 2 x 12.75" Type 68 triple fire torpedo tubes
    • 2 x 20mm/70-caliber Mk.15 Phalanx CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 3 x Mitsubishi SH-60J(K) Seahawk ASW helicopters

Unit Run[edit]

  • JS Shirane (DDH-143) - sold to Philippine Navy in 2016
  • JS Kurama (DDH-144) - sold to Philippine Navy in 2016
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