Hiuchi-class support ship

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JMSDF AMS 4302 Suou.JPG
Class overview
Builders: Mitsui, Tamano
Universal, Keihin
Operators: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
General characteristics
Class & type: Hiuchi class AMS
Displacement: 980 long tons (1,000 t)
Length: 65 m (213 ft)
Beam: 12.0 m (39.4 ft)
Height: 5.8 m (19 ft)
Draft: 3.5 m (11 ft)
Propulsion: Diesel
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 40
Notes: Special Equipment: crane system, towing system, fire system

The Hiuchi class support ship is designed to provide Auxiliary Multi-purpose Support (AMS) for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

The Hiuchi AMS class replaced the Auxiliary Service Utility class (ASU). The primary mission of these vessels is to support training exercises of other ships, including shooting practice and torpedo launching practice.[1]

Ships in the class[edit]

Pennant No. Name Home port Shipyard Laid down Launched Commissioned
AMS-4301[2] Hiuchi Kure Mitsui,
Tamano
18 Jan 2001 4 Sept 2001 27 March 2002
AMS-4302[2] Suo Yokosuka Universal, Keihin 19 Sept 2002 25 April 2003 16 March 2004
AMS-4303[2] Amakusa Sasebo Universal, Keihin 3 Dec 2002 6 Aug 2003 16 March 2004
AMS-4304[3] Genkai Kure Universal, Keihin 7 Nov 2006 24 May 2007 20 Feb 2008
AMS-4305[3] Enshu Yokosuka Universal, Keihin 19 Dec 2006 9 Aug 2007 20 Feb 2008

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