JDS Kirishima

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Kirishima (DDG-174)
Name: Kirishima (DDG-174)
Namesake: Mount Kirishima
Ordered: 1990
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Nagasaki
Laid down: 7 April 1992
Launched: 19 August 1993
Commissioned: 16 March 1995
Fate: Active
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Kongō-class destroyer
  • 7500 tons standard
  • 9500 tons full load
Length: 528.2 ft (161.0 m)
Beam: 68.9 ft (21.0 m)
Draft: 20.3 ft (6.2 m)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
  • 4,500 nautical miles at 20 knots
  • (8,334 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 300
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPY-1D
  • OPS-28 surface search radar
  • OQS-102 bow mounted sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
NOLQ-2 intercept / jammer
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-60K helicopter

JDS Kirishima (DDG-174) is a Kongō-class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Kirishima was named for Mount Kirishima.

She was laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Nagasaki on 7 April 1992, launched on 19 August 1993; and commissioned on 16 March 1995.

Kirishima is undergoing modification at Nagasaki to add the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMD) capability to its weapons suite.[1] It is currently flagship of Hidetoshi Iwasaki.


This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[2] The ship was also deployed in preparation for North Korea's launch of Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 in March 2012.[3]

Appearance in the media[edit]

The ship appeared in the 2013 Japanese Anime Vividred Operation along with her sister Kongō (DDG-173) as part of an allied task force fending off alien invasion.

Featured in the music video "ナノ (nano) feat. MY FIRST STORY - SAVIOR OF SONG", the opening song for the anime "Arpeggio of Blue Steel - Ars Nova" of the manga series, 蒼き鋼のアルペジオ (Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] "Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense to Third Japanese Destroyer" DefenseTalk. 16 January 2008
  2. ^ Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan"
  3. ^ RIA Novosti, "Japanese Warship Leaves Base Ahead of N.Korean Rocket Launch"

External links[edit]

Media related to JS Kirishima (DDG-174) at Wikimedia Commons