Hatakaze-class destroyer

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JDS Hatakaze
Hatakaze (DDG-171) docked in Pearl Harbor, 1988
Class overview
Name: Hatakaze class destroyer
Builders: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Preceded by: Tachikaze-class destroyer
Succeeded by: Kongō-class destroyer
Cost: (Hatakaze) 61,980,000,000 JPY
(Shimakaze) 69,283,000,000 JPY
Built: 1983–1988
In commission: 1986–
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile destroyer
Displacement: (Hatakaze)
4,600 long tons (4,674 t) standard
(Shimakaze)
4,650 long tons (4,725 t) standard
Length: 150 m (492 ft 2 in)
Beam: 16.4 m (53 ft 10 in)
Draft: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Kawasaki Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A gas turbines for cruising
2 × Rolls-Royce Olympus gas turbines for high speed only
72,000 hp (54,000 kW)
2 shafts
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Complement: 260
Armament: RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
Standard missile MR SAM
ASROC anti-submarine rocket
2 × 5"/54 caliber Mark 42 guns
2 × 20 mm CIWS
2 × Type 68 triple torpedo tubes

The Hatakaze class of guided missile destroyers is a third generation vessel in service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They were the first of the JMSDF's ships to have gas-turbine propulsion.

The core weapon suite is similar to that of the Tachikaze-class destroyer, but various improvements were made in many areas. Most notable are those that allow the Hatakaze class to function as a group flagship. Normally this duty resides with the DDH class, but in case of a DDH's absence due to repairs, accident, or battle damage, the Hatakaze design allows for it to function as a command ship.

Hatakaze destroyers operate the OYQ-4-1 type tactical control system. Its weapon systems include the Standard missile surface-to-air missile, anti-submarine rockets, the RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile, two Mark 15 20 mm CIWS gun mounts, two torpedo mounts in a triple tube configuration and two 5 inch/54 caliber Mark 42 rapid-fire guns.

Namesakes[edit]

Hatakaze was also the name of a pre–World War II destroyer of the Kamikaze class. Commissioned on 1 August 1924, Hatakaze was finally sunk by aerial attack on 15 January 1945.

The name Shimakaze was also shared by an Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer of 3048 tons, built at Maizuru Shipywards in Japan. She was completed in May 1943, being extremely large and fast, with a very heavy torpedo armament. Shimakaze was sunk by U.S. Navy carrier-based aircraft in the Philippines area on 11 November 1944, along with three other destroyers in the Ormoc Bay area, while escorting troop transports to the vicinity.

Ships in the class[edit]

Building no. Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Home port
2311 DDG-171 Hatakaze 20 May 1983 9 November 1984 27 March 1986 Yokosuka
2312 DDG-172 Shimakaze 13 January 1985 30 January 1987 23 March 1988 Maizuru

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