Harukaze-class destroyer

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JDS Harukaze (7 December 2000)
JDS Harukaze
Class overview
Name: Harukaze class
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Succeeded by: Ayanami class
Built: 1954–1955
In commission: 1956–1985
Completed: 2
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
  • 1,700 t (1,673 long tons) standard
  • 2,340 t (2,303 long tons) full load
Length: 106.0 m (347.8 ft)
Beam: 10.5 m (34 ft)
Depth: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 240

The Harukaze-class destroyer was the first indigenous post-World War II Japanese destroyer class. Its main mission was anti-submarine warfare.

Almost all equipment was supplied from the United States according to the U.S. and Japan Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement. Sensor systems on-board was standard equipment in the U.S. Navy at that time, for example, the AN/SPS-6 air-search radar, the AN/SPS-5 surface-search radar, the QHB search sonar, the QDA attack sonar.[1][2]

Three 5-inch/38 caliber Mark 12 guns were mounted on Mark 30 single mounts, and controlled by a Mark 51 director. But the JMSDF wasn't satisfied with performance of the director, so latter, Mark 51 was replaced by the Swedish advanced GFCS developed by Contraves (Harukaze) or American Mark 57 (Yukikaze).[3] At the same time, K-guns and depth charge racks were reduced by half and replaced by Mark 32 lightweight torpedoes with two Mark 2 over-the-side launchers.[2]


Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
DD-101/ASU-7002 Harukaze 1954 20 September 1955 1956 1985
DD-102/ASU-7003 Yukikaze 1954 20 August 1955 1956 1985


  1. ^ Tomohiko Tada (March 2010). "4. Radar/ECM/ESM (Shipboard weapons of JMSDF 1952-2010)". Ships of the World. Kaijin-sha (721): 100–105. 
  2. ^ a b "3. Underwater weapons (Shipboard weapons of JMSDF 1952-2010)". Ships of the World. Kaijin-sha (721): 94–99. March 2010. 
  3. ^ "2. Guns (Shipboard weapons of JMSDF 1952-2010)". Ships of the World. Kaijin-sha (721): 88–93. March 2010. 

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