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Yamagumo-class Destroyer

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The Yamagumo-class are vessels of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, usually classified as a destroyer, but due to their relatively light displacement, in other sources as a destroyer escort. This class is the successor of the Akizuki-class and the predecessor of the Minegumo-class.

This class was planned to become the new generation workhorse of the fleet of the JMSDF. Aiming this objective, it equipped with some new generation weapon and sensor systems such as the ASROC anti-submarine rocket and the OPS-11 early warning radar (Japanese equivalent of the American AN/SPS-40 radar).

The Minegumo-class destroyer derived from this class as the new DASH equipped version, but after the QH-50D DASH was scrapped, the JMSDF decided on resuming the construction of this class. The latter batch sometimes called as the Aokumo class, and there are some point improved mainly in their electronics such as the OQS-3 hull-sonar (Japanese variant of the American AN/SQS-23) and the AN/SQS-35 variable depth sonar system.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1966-2005
  • 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: 2,464 tons (Standard)
  • Crew: 220
  • Propulsion: 6 × Mitsubishi 12 UEV 30/40N diesels, 2 shafts, 26,500 shp
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers)
  • Speed: 28 knots (51.86 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • OPS-11B Air Search Radar
    • OPS-17 Surface Search Radar
    • SPG-34 Fire Control Radar (replaced by SPG-35)
    • GFCS-1
    • OQS-3 Hull Sonar
    • AN/SQS-35 Variable Depth Towed Array Sonar
  • Countermeasures:
    • NOLR-5 Intercept
  • Armament:
    • 4 x Mk.33 3"/50 caliber guns
    • 1 x ASROC anti-submarine rocket system
    • 1 x 375 mm (15 in) ASW rocket launcher
    • 2 x HOS-301 triple 324 mm (12.8 in) torpedo tubes

Unit Run[edit]

Batch Building no. Pennant
no.
Name Builder Laid
down
Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
Earlier 2201 DD-113
TV-3506
JDS Yamagumo Mitsui, Tamano ship yard March 23, 1964 February 27, 1965 January 29, 1966 1995
2202 DD-114
TV-3507
JDS Makigumo Uraga Heavy Industries, Uraga ship yard June 10, 1964 July 26, 1967 March 19, 1966 1995
2203 DD-115
ASU-7018
JDS Asagumo Maizuru Heavy Industries, Maizuru ship yard June 24, 1965 November 25, 1966 August 29, 1967 1998
Latter 2207 DD-119
TV-3512
JDS Aokumo Sumitomo, Uraga ship yard October 2, 1970 March 30, 1972 November 25, 1972 2003
2208 DD-120
TV-3514
JDS Akigumo Sumitomo, Uraga ship yard July 7, 1972 October 23, 1973 July 24, 1974 2005
2209 DD-121 JDS Yūgumo Sumitomo, Uraga ship yard February 4, 1976 May 21, 1977 March 24, 1978 2005
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