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Yamagumo-class destroyer
JMSDF DD-121 Yuugumo.jpg
JMSDF Yūgumo (DD-121)
Class overview
Name: Yamagumo class destroyer
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Preceded by: Akizuki-class destroyer
Succeeded by: (the earlier batch) Minegumo-class
(the latter batch) Hatsuyuki-class
Subclasses:Yamagumo class (Earlier batch)
Aokumo class (Latter batch)
Built: 1964–1977
In commission: 1966–2005
Completed: 6
Retired: 6
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: Yamagumo class
2,050 long tons (2,083 t) standard
Aokumo and Akigumo
2,150 long tons (2,185 t) standard
2,200 long tons (2,235 t) standard
Length: Yamagumo class
114.0 m (374 ft 0 in) overall
Aokumo class
115.2 m (377 ft 11 in) overall
Beam: 11.8 m (38 ft 9 in)
Draft: Yamagumo class
3.9 m (12 ft 10 in)
Aokumo class
4.0 m (13 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: Yamagumo
4 × Mitsui 1228 V3 BU-38V diesels
2 × Mitsui 1628 V3 BU-38V diesels
2 shafts, 26,000 bhp
Makigumo and Akigumo
6 × Mitsubishi 12 UEV 30/40 diesels
Aokumo class
6 × Mitsubishi 12 UEV 30/40N diesels
Speed: Yūgumo
28 knots (32 mph; 52 km/h)
all others
27 knots (31 mph; 50 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km)
Complement: Yamagumo class
Aokumo class
Sensors and
processing systems:
Yamagumo class
Aokumo class
OQS-3 (Type 66 passive sonar)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
OPS-11B, OPS-17
Akigumo and Yūgumo
all others

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 destroyer and the predecessor of the Minegumo-class destroyer .

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.


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


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