JS Hiuchi (AMS-4301)

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JMSDF Hiuchi AMS-4301.jpg
Career (Japan)
Name: JS Hiuchi
Builder: Mitsui, Tamano
Laid down: 18 January 2001
Launched: 4 September 2001
Commissioned: 27 March 2002
Homeport: Kure
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
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)
Propulsion: Diesel
Speed: 15 knots

JS Hiuchi is a Hiuchi class Auxiliary Multi-purpose Support (AMS) ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).[1]

The ship was built by Mitsui in Tamano and commissioned into service on 27 March 2002.[2]

The primary mission of the Hiuchi is to support training exercises of other ships, including shooting practice and torpedo launching practice.[3]

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This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.[4] Hiuchi was the first 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.[5]

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