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Minegumo-class destroyer
Class overview
Name: Minegumo class destroyer
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Preceded by: Yamagumo-class destroyer
Succeeded by: Yamagumo-class destroyer
In commission: 1967–2000
Completed: 3
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 2,100 long tons (2,134 t) standard
(Murakumo : 2,150 long tons (2,185 t))
2,750 long tons (2,794 t) full load
Complement: 210
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • OPS-11 EWR
  • OPS-17 surface search radar
  • OQS-3 hull-sonar
Armament:
  • 2 × Mk.33 twin 3"/50 caliber guns
  • 1 × 375 mm (15 in) ASW rocket launcher
  • 2 × HOS-301 triple 324 mm (12.8 in) torpedo tubes
  • Aircraft carried: 2 × QH-50D DASH anti-submarine drone helicopter (removed in 1979-82 and ASROC fitted)

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

    Names

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

    References




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