JDS Kongō

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JDS Kongo (DDG-173)
JDS Kongō, November 2009
Name: JDS Kongō
Namesake: Mount Kongō
Ordered: 1988
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Nagasaki
Laid down: 8 May 1990
Launched: 26 September 1991
Commissioned: 25 March 1993
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Kongō-class destroyer
Displacement: 7500 tons standard
9500 tons full load
Length: 528.2 ft (161.0 m)
Beam: 68.9 ft (21.0 m)
Draft: 20.3 ft (6.2 m)
Propulsion: 4 Ishikawajima Harima/General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines;
two shafts,
100,000 shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 20 knots
(8,334 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 300
Sensors and
processing systems:
OPS-28 surface search radar
OQS-102 bow mounted sonar
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
NOLQ-2 intercept / jammer
Armament: RGM-84 Harpoon SSM
SM-2 Standard SAM (29 cells at the bow, 61 cell at the aft)
SM-3 Block IA ABM
RUM-139 Vertical Launch ASROC
• 1 x 5 inch (127 mm) / 54 caliber Oto-Breda Compact Gun
• 2 x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
• 2 x Type 68 triple torpedo tubes (6 x Mk-46 or Type 73 torpedoes)
Aviation facilities: Room for a helicopter to land on the rear deck, but no support equipment installed

JDS Kongō (こんごう, DDG-173) is a Kongō-class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Kongō is the third Japanese naval vessel named for Mount Kongō.

She was laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Nagasaki on 8 May 1990, launched on 26 September 1991; and commissioned on 25 March 1993. It was the first ship outside of the United States to feature the Aegis integrated weapon system.[1]

Ballistic missile defense[edit]

JDS Kongo officers.

In December 2007, Japan conducted a successful test of the SM-3 block IA against a ballistic missile aboard Kongō. This was the first time a Japanese ship was selected to launch the interceptor missile during a test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. In previous tests they provided tracking and communications.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "First succesful Japanese test for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System". Gizmag. Retrieved 2015-06-01. Following a decision made in December 2003, Japan is upgrading their Kongo Class Destroyers with Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capability. The upgrade involves a series of installations and flight tests to take place from 2007 to 2010. JS Kongo was the first ship to have the BMD upgrade installed. 
  2. ^ Agence France-Presse. Japan shoots down test missile in space: defence minister. Accessed December 23, 2007.
  3. ^ MDA press release. 17 December 2007.

External links[edit]

Media related to JS Kongō (DDG-173) at Wikimedia Commons