JS Kongō

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JS Kongō
Name: JS Kongō
Namesake: Mount Kongō
Ordered: 1988
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Laid down: 8 May 1990
Launched: 26 September 1991
Commissioned: 25 March 1993
Homeport: Sasebo
Status: in active 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; 35 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
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
Aviation facilities: 1 × SH-60K helicopter

JS Kongō (DDG-173) is a Kongō-class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Kongō is the third Japanese naval vessel named for Mount Kongō.

She was laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Nagasaki on 8 May 1990, launched on 26 September 1991; and commissioned on 25 March 1993. Kongō was the first ship outside of the United States to feature the Aegis integrated weapon system.[1]

Ballistic missile defense[edit]

JDS Kongō sailors.

In December 2007, Japan conducted a successful test of the SM-3 block IA against a ballistic missile aboard Kongō. This was the first time a Japanese ship was selected to launch the interceptor missile during a test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. In previous tests they provided tracking and communications.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "First successful Japanese test for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System". Gizmag. Retrieved 2015-06-01. Following a decision made in December 2003, Japan is upgrading their Kongo Class Destroyers with Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capability. The upgrade involves a series of installations and flight tests to take place from 2007 to 2010. JS Kongo was the first ship to have the BMD upgrade installed. 
  2. ^ Agence France-Presse. Japan shoots down test missile in space: defence minister Archived 2007-12-21 at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed December 23, 2007.
  3. ^ MDA press release Archived 2008-04-11 at the Wayback Machine.. 17 December 2007.

External links[edit]

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