|Builder:||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Nagasaki|
|Laid down:||7 April 1992|
|Launched:||19 August 1993|
|Commissioned:||16 March 1995|
|Class and type:||Kongō-class destroyer|
|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)|
|NOLQ-2 intercept / jammer|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × SH-60K helicopter|
This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The ship was also deployed in preparation for North Korea's launch of Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 in March 2012.
Appearance in the media
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)
-  "Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense to Third Japanese Destroyer" DefenseTalk. 16 January 2008
- Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan"
- RIA Novosti, "Japanese Warship Leaves Base Ahead of N.Korean Rocket Launch"
Media related to JS Kirishima (DDG-174) at Wikimedia Commons
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