JDS Kirishima

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Kirishima (DDG-174)
History
Japan
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
Homeport: Yokosuka
Fate: Active
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Kongō-class destroyer
Displacement:
  • 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)
Propulsion:
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range:
  • 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
Armament:
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.

Based at the JMSDF base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture, as of 2014 it is the flagship of Rear Admiral Hidetoshi Iwasaki.[1]

History[edit]

In 2003 the Kirishima was deployed to the Indian Ocean as logistical support for US forces engaged in the War on Terror. This prompted some opposition including protests and boatloads of protesters attempting to block the ship from leaving its harbor at Yokosuka.[2] It was later replaced in the deployment by the destroyer JS Kongō.[3]

Kirishima is underwent modification at Nagasaki to add the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMD) capability to its weapons suite.[4]

This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[5]

The ship was also deployed in preparation for North Korea's launch of Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 in March 2012.[6][7]

In 2014 it participated in the Keen Sword 15 exercises with the US. The ship was responsible for guarding the USS George Washington, the US aircraft carrier then forward-deployed to Japan.[1]

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]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kelly, Tim Japan raises military profile in maritime war games with U.S. November 21, 2014 Japan Times Retrieved May 13, 2017
  2. ^ McNeill, David Japanese activists rally to antiwar cry January 14, 2003 Japan Times Retrieved May 13, 2017
  3. ^ Defense Agency to rotate Aegis ships April 4, 2003 Japan Times Retrieved May 13, 2017
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2008.  "Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense to Third Japanese Destroyer" DefenseTalk. 16 January 2008
  5. ^ Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan" Archived 23 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ PAC-3 deployment in Okinawa complete April 6, 2012 Japan Times Retrieved May 13, 2017
  7. ^ 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