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JDS Yoshino
File:JS Noshiro(DE-225),JS Yoshino(DE-223).jpg
JDS Yoshino and JDS Noshiro in 1986
Career (Japan)
  • Yoshino
  • (よしの)
Namesake: Yoshino
Ordered: 1972
Builder: Mitsui, Tamano
Laid down: 28 September 1973
Launched: 22 August 1974
Commissioned: 6 February 1975
Decommissioned: 15 May 2001
  • Kure (1973-1987)
  • Maizuru (1987-1989)
  • Yokosuka (1989-1995)
  • Kure (1995-2001)
Identification: Pennant number: DE-223
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type: Chikugo-class destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,700–1,800 long tons (1,727–1,829 t) full load
Length: 93.0 m (305 ft 1 in)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Draught: 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
Depth: 7.0 m (23 ft 0 in)
  • CODAD propulsion system
  • 2 × shafts,
  • 4 × diesel engines (16,000 hp, 12,000 kW)
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 165
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • TDS-1 Target Designation System
  • OPS-14 2D air search radar
  • OPS-17 surface search radar
  • FCS-1B gun FCS
  • OQS-3A bow sonar
  • SQS-35(J) VDS
  • SFCS-4 Underwater Battery FCS
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

JDS Yoshino (DE-223) was the tenth ship of the Chikugo-class destroyer escorts of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Development and design

The Chikugo class was designed as the modified variant of the Isuzu class, the preceding destroyer escort class. The main anti-submarine (ASW) weapon was changed from the M/50 375 mm (14.8 in) ASW rocket launcher to the ASROC anti-submarine missile. The octuple launcher for ASROC was stationed at the mid-deck, and the entire ship design was prescribed by this stationing.[1][1]

Construction and career

Yoshino was laid down on 28 September 1973 at Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Tamano and launched on 22 August 1974. The vessel was commissioned on 6 February 1975 into the 7th Escort Corps of the Kure District Force. On May 11, 1976, the 7th Escort Corps was renamed the 36th Escort Corps of the Kure District Force. On March 19, 1986, the 36th Escort Corps was abolished and transferred to the 38th Escort Corps of the Kure District Force. Joined Maizuru District Force 31st Escort Corps on July 1, 1987. The home port was transferred to Maizuru base. On August 29, 1987, the Soviet Navy Ognevoy-class destroyer Osmotritelny was visually recognized about 55km northeast of Rebun Island, Hokkaido. On December 12, 1989, he was transferred to Yokosuka District Force 33rd Escort Corps, and the home port was transferred to Yokosuka. On August 1, 1995, she was transferred to the 36th Escort Corps of the Kure District Force, and the home port was transferred to Kure again. Joined the 22nd Escort Corps of the Kure District Force on March 24, 1997. Removed from the register on May 15, 2001.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Abe, Yasuo (May 2003). "Looking back on Chikugo class escort vessels" (in Japanese). Kaijinn-sha. pp. 92–97. 
  2. Ships of the World No. 610. Gaijinsha. May 2003. 

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