List of active Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships

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List of active ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is a list of ships in active service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The JMSDF is one of the world's largest navies and the second largest navy in Asia in terms of fleet tonnage.[1] As of 2014, the JMSDF operates a total of 124 vessels (excluding minor auxiliary vessels), including; four helicopter destroyers (or helicopter carriers), 26 destroyers, 11 small destroyers (or frigates), six destroyer escorts (or corvettes), 16 attack submarines, 29 mine countermeasure vessels, six patrol vessels, three landing ship tanks, 8 training vessels and a fleet of various auxiliary ships.[2][3]

As of 2013, a procurement list added to the current National Defense Program Guidelines has revealed that, among other things, an additional 48 escort vessels of various classes are planned to be added to the MSDF fleet in the coming decade.[4] In addition, as of 7 July 2013, it was being reported that plans were under way to procure two more Aegis equipped destroyers in order to bolster ongoing BMD efforts, the first to be contracted for in fiscal year 2015 and the other in fiscal year 2016.[5]

Submarine fleet[edit]


Class Picture Type Boats Displacement[a] Note
Submarines (16 in Service)
Sōryū-class JDS Zuiryu under construction Attack submarine JDS Sōryū
JDS Unryū
JDS Hakuryū
JDS Kenryū
JDS Zuiryū
JDS Kokuryū
4,200 tonnes 4 more to be commissioned.
Oyashio-class (JDS) Oyashio Attack submarine JDS Michishio
JDS Uzushio
JDS Makishio
JDS Isoshio
JDS Narushio
JDS Kuroshio
JDS Takashio
JDS Yaeshio
JDS Setoshio
JDS Mochishio
4,000 tonnes

Surface fleet[edit]

Helicopter destroyers - DDH[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Helicopter destroyers - DDH (4 in Service)
Izumo-class JS Izumo Helicopter destroyer (or helicopter carrier) JS Izumo 27,000 tonnes
Hyūga-class JDS Hyūga Helicopter destroyer (or helicopter carrier) JDS Hyūga
19,000 tonnes
Shirane-class JDS Kurama Helicopter destroyer JDS Kurama 7,500 tonnes

Landing ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Landing ships - LST (3 in Service)
Ōsumi-class MV-22B trying to land aboard JDS Shimokita.jpg Landing ship tank JDS Ōsumi
JDS Shimokita
JDS Kunisaki
14,000 tonnes The Japanese MoD is planning to perform a major refit on the Osumi-class to improve their amphibious capabilities. [6]

Destroyers - DDG/DD[edit]

The JMSDF uses the official term Destroyers despite some smaller vessels being analogous to frigates by most international classifications.[7]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Destroyers - DDG/DD (37 in Service)
Atago-class JDS Ashigara Guided missile destroyer (Aegis) JDS Atago
JDS Ashigara
10,000 tonnes
Kongō-class JDS Kongo Guided missile destroyer (Aegis) JDS Kongō
JDS Kirishima
JDS Myōkō
JDS Chōkai
9,500 tonnes
Hatakaze-class US Navy 101206-N-2562W-013 The Japan Maritime Self-Defense ship JS Hatakaze (DDG 171) is participating in exercise Keen Sword 2011.jpg Guided missile destroyer JDS Hatakaze
JDS Shimakaze
5,900 tonnes
Akizuki-class JDS Akizuki Destroyer JDS Akizuki
JDS Teruzuki
JDS Suzutsuki
JDS Fuyuzuki
6,800 tonnes
Takanami-class JDS Takanami Destroyer JDS Takanami
JDS Onami
JDS Makinami
JDS Sazanami
JDS Suzunami
6,300 tonnes
Murasame-class Murasame class destroyer.JPEG Destroyer JDS Murasame
JDS Harusame
JDS Yudachi
JDS Kirisame
JDS Inazuma
JDS Samidare
JDS Ikazuchi
JDS Akebono
JDS Ariake
6,100 tonnes
Asagiri-class JDS Hamagiri Small destroyer (or frigate) JDS Asagiri
JDS Yamagiri
JDS Yūgiri
JDS Amagiri
JDS Hamagiri
JDS Setogiri
JDS Sawagiri
JDS Umigiri
4,900 tonnes
Hatsuyuki-class JMSDF DD-127 Isoyuki.jpg Small destroyer (or frigate) JDS Yamayuki
JDS Matsuyuki
JDS Asayuki
4,000 tonnes

Destroyer escorts - DE[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Destroyer escorts - DE (6 in Service)
Abukuma-class DestroyerEscorts231&232&234.JPG Destroyer escort (or corvette) JDS Abukuma
JDS Jintsu
JDS Oyodo
JDS Sendai
JDS Chikuma
JDS Tone
2,550 tonnes

Mine countermeasure vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Mine countermeasure vessels (27 in Service)
Uraga-class Minesweeper JDS Uraga
JDS Bungo
5,500 tonnes Categorized as "mine-countermeasures support ship".
Yaeyama-class JDS Yaeyama Minesweeper JDS Yaeyama
JDS Tsushima
JDS Hachijyo
1,200 tonnes
Enoshima-class MSC-604 Enoshima in Yokosuka.JPG Minesweeper JDS Enoshima
JDS Chichijima
JDS Hatsusima
570 tonnes
Hirashima-class MSC-602-YAKUSHIMA.JPG Minesweeper JDS Hirashima
JDS Yakushima
JDS Takashima
570 tonnes
Sugashima-class JMDSF MSC688 Aishima-090218-N-4811K-874.jpg Minesweeper JDS Sugashima
JDS Notojima
JDS Tsunoshima
JDS Naoshima
JDS Toyoshima
JDS Ukushima
JDS Izushima
JDS Aishima
JDS Aoshima
JDS Miyajima
JDS Shishijima
JDS Kuroshima
570 tonnes
Uwajima-class JMSDF MSC-677 MAKISHIMA.jpg Minesweeper JDS Yugeshima
JDS Nagashima
570 tonnes
Ieshima-class Minesweeper controller JDS Maejima
JDS Kumejima
570 tonnes

Patrol vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Patrol vessels (6 in Service)
Hayabusa-class PG-827 KUMATAKA.JPG Patrol boat JDS Hayabusa
JDS Wakataka
JDS Otaka
JDS Kumataka
JDS Umitaka
JDS Shiritaka
240 tonnes

Training vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Training vessels (8 in Service)
Kashima class TV 3508 - JDS Kashima.jpg Cadet training ship JDS Kashima 4,050 tonnes
Shimayuki-class Shirayuki.JPG Training vessel JDS Shirayuki
JDS Setoyuki
JDS Shimayuki
3,000 tonnes Reconverted Hatsuyuki-class destroyers.
Asashio-class Harushio class submarine docked.JPG Training submarine JDS Asashio 2,500 tonnes Reconverted Harushio-class submarines.
Oyashio-class (JDS) Oyashio Training submarine JDS Oyashio 4,000 tonnes Reconverted Oyashio-class submarines.
Kurobe (ATS-4202) ATS-4202-KUROBE.png Training support ship JDS Kurobe
Tenryu (ATS-4203) JS Tenryū at Hanshin Base, -20 Jul. 2008 a.jpg Training support ship JDS Tenryu

Auxiliary fleet[edit]

Replenishment ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Replenishment ships (5 in Service)
Mashu-class JS Oumi AOE-426 Stern DSCN2566 20111026.JPG Replenishment oiler JDS Mashu
25,000 tonnes
Towada-class JS Tokiwa at SDF Fleet Review 2006, -29 Oct. a.jpg Replenishment oiler JDS Hamana
JDS Tokiwa
JDS Towada
15,000 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Miscellaneous (17 in Service)
Hiuchi-class JMSDF AMS 4302 Suou.JPG Training support ship JDS Hiuchi
JDS Amakusa
JDS Genkai
JDS Enshu
1,000 tonnes
Cable laying ship ARC Muroto
Submarine rescue vessel ASR Chihaya
Submarine rescue tender AS Chiyoda
Oceanographic research ship AGS Shonan
AGS Nichinan
AGS Suma
AGS Futami
Hibiki-class Ocean surveillance ship JDS Hibiki
JDS Harima
Experiment ship ASE Asuka
Ice breaker AGB Shirase 12,000 tonnes
Yacht ASY Hashidate

Future JMSDF vessels[edit]

  • 25DD class destroyer (New 5,000-ton destroyer program first revealed in the MoD's FY2013 budget request, DD-119 [8] and a second in FY2014, DD-120.[9] Seemingly an ASW optimised development of the Akizuki class likely intended for Sea lines of communication duties rather than the escort of Ageis destroyers as in the case of the Akizuki. Planned to cost even less to operate and maintain than the already low cost Akizuki class, partly through the use of COGLAG [Combined Gas turbine Electric And Gas turbine] propulsion. ¥72.3 billion has been requested for the construction of the first unit in the class, and to respond to a reduction of Hatsuyuki-class destroyers)
  • DDR Destroyer Revolution (5400 tonnes Light Escort Destroyer project, also referred to as 'the next generation escort ship'. Program in existence since 2009, current plans are to start construction on the first of class by 2021 at the latest. Full scale R&D activities scheduled from 2011 onwards.)
  • In 2013 plans for an additional 2-4 AEGIS destroyers was presented. The first pair should be in service by 2018.[10]
  • Also in late 2013, it was being reported that a new high speed small destroyer (frigate) class was to be procured. Full displacement would be in the 3,000-ton range. No other details such as development history were immediately available, though it was implied that the vessels would be optimised for Anti-surface warfare. Peacetime roles would be primarily outer island warning and surveillance. In accordance with current MSDF/MOD practice, these vessels would likely be referred to as escort ships despite their actual role/s.
  • The Japanese government is reported to be considering the procurement of a LCS (corvette) type vessel. In March 2014, Japan and the U.S. agreed to undertake studies concerning joint development between the two countries of a high-speed littoral combat ship. Exact details are unknown, but press reports indicate it may be a trimaran, similar to the Independence-class LCS.[11]
  • In 2014, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera expressed the intention of buying one amphibious assault ship from the United States to provide more amphibious capabilities than the current Osumi class landing ships. The Wasp class amphibious assault ship is most likely candidate for acquisition.[12]


  1. ^ Displacement when submerged


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