Abukuma-class destroyer escort
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JS Tone, Sendai, and Oyodo (from left) in port
|Builders:||Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Company Limited and Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.|
|Operators:||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|Preceded by:||Yubari class|
|Succeeded by:||30DX class (planned)|
|Class and type:||Abukuma class destroyer escort / frigate|
|Length:||357 ft (109 m)|
|Beam:||44 ft (13 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h)|
This class was planned to replace the earlier Isuzu-class and possess both ASW capability as the successor of the Chikugo-class and ASuW capability as the successor of the Yubari-class, but there are many enhancements as follows:
- Introduction of stealth technology.
- This class is the first combatant ship of the JMSDF with stealth technology. Their superstructure has traditional vertical surfaces, but their hulls are angled to reduce their radar cross section.
- Enhanced electronics.
- This is the first destroyer escort class with the Naval Tactical Data System and OYQ-7 combat direction system. It is also the first destroyer escort class which has ECM capability with the OLT-3 jammer.
- Modified weapon systems.
- The Short Range Air Defense system comprises the OPS-14 air-search radar, the OPS-28 surface search and target acquisition radar, one Otobreda 76 mm rapid-firing gun controlled by the FCS-2 fire-control system and Phalanx CIWS. The OPS-14 is the Japanese equivalent of the American AN/SPS-49 radar, and the OPS-28 is the equivalent of the American TAS Mk.23. Phalanx CIWS has given the ships an improved self-defence capability against anti-ship missiles. Mk.31 RAM GMWS Point Defense Missile System was planned, but it is not installed yet.
- The ASW system comprises an OQS-8 hull-sonar (Japanese equivalent of the American DE-1167), ASROC anti-submarine rocket from the Type 74 octuple launcher (Japanese license-built version of the American Mark 16 GMLS) and lightweight ASW torpedoes from two HOS-301 triple 324 mm (12.8 in) torpedo tubes. A Tactical Towed-Array Sonar System was planned but it is not installed yet.
The JMSDF intended to build eleven ships of this class, but finally, only six were built because Hatsuyuki-class destroyers started deploying in distinct forces. All six vessels of the class are named after World War II cruisers.
Ships in the class
|Pennant no.||Name||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Home port|
|DE-229||Abukuma||17 March 1988||21 December 1988||12 December 1989||Maizuru|
|DE-230||Jintsu||14 April 1988||31 January 1989||28 February 1990||Ominato|
|DE-231||Oyodo||8 March 1989||19 December 1989||23 January 1991||Sasebo|
|DE-232||Sendai||14 April 1989||26 January 1990||15 March 1991||Sasebo|
|DE-233||Chikuma||14 February 1991||25 January 1992||24 February 1993||Ominato|
|DE-234||Tone||8 February 1991||6 December 1991||8 February 1993||Sasebo|
Media related to Abukuma class frigates at Wikimedia Commons
- Jane's Fighting Ships 2005-2006
- Eric Wertheim (2007). Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Naval Institute Press. pp. 385–386. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2.