JS Amakusa (AMS-4303)
|Laid down:||3 December 2002|
|Launched:||6 August 2003|
|Commissioned:||16 March 2004|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2014[update]|
|Class & type:||Hiuchi, Auxiliary Multi-purpose Support (ASW)|
|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)|
JS Amakusa is a Hiuchi Class Auxiliary Multi-purpose Support (AMS) ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
The primary mission of the Amakusa is to support training exercises of other ships, including shooting practice and torpedo launching practice.
This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Akakusa was the second of two JMSDF ships which towed barges of fresh water from Yokosuka to the Fukushima I nuclear accidents. The water was used to replace the seawater being used in cooling efforts at the plant.
- Werth, Eric. (2007). Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, p. 392., p. 392, at Google Books
- Global Security, AMS Hiuchi Class, ship list
- Global Security.org, AMS Hiuchi Class
- Seawaves, "Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan"
- Taylor, Brock. "Second U.S. Navy Barge Sent to Support Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Cooling Efforts" (Filename:DOD_100148949), DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System). 26 March 2011; retrieved 20 Mar 2011
- Werth, Eric. (2007). Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. 13-ISBN 9781591149552/10-ISBN 159114955X; OCLC 140283156
- JMSDF, AMS-4303 あまくさ Amakusa
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