JDS Shirane

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Shirane in 2013
Shirane in 2013
Name: JS Shirane
Builder: Ishikawajima-Harima, Tokyo
Laid down: 25 February 1977
Launched: 18 September 1978
Commissioned: 17 March 1980
Decommissioned: 25 March 2015
Homeport: Sasebo, Nagasaki
Status: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Class and type: Shirane-class destroyer
  • 5,200 long tons (5,300 t) standard;
  • 7,500 long tons (7,600 t) full load
Length: 159 m (522 ft)
Beam: 17.5 m (57 ft)
Draft: 5.3 m (17 ft)
  • 2 × IHI boilers 850 psi (60 kg/cm², 5.9 MPa), 430 °C
  • 2 × turbines
  • 2 shafts
  • 70,000 shp (52 MW)
Speed: 31 knots (36 mph; 57 km/h)
  • 350
  • 20 staff
Aircraft carried: 3 × SH-60J(K) anti-submarine helicopters

Shirane (しらね, Shi-ra-ne) (DDG-143) is a Shirane-class destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

She was laid down by Ishikawajima-Harima in Tokyo on February 25, 1977; launched on September 18, 1978; and commissioned on March 17, 1980. She was decommissioned on March 25, 2015, as the Shirane class is slowly being phased out by the newer Izumo-class helicopter destroyers.

Operational history[edit]

In 1981, Shirane was incorporated as the flagship of Escort Flotilla One, based in Yokosuka. The following year, she attended her first RIMPAC, RIMPAC 1982. She has continued to attend RIMPACs, such as RIMPAC 1988, RIMPAC 1998, and, more recently, RIMPAC 2012. She was involved in multiple naval exercises led by the U.S. in 1985, 1987, and 1993. The Republic of the Philippines hosted marine exercises in 1992 and 1993 that Shirane also attended. When the Great Hanshin earthquake struck in July 1995, Shirane was used as a rescue and relief ship. In 2003, she attended a Russian naval exercise called SAREX; in 2005, she once again attended a Filipino naval exercise, this time called PSIEX. In 2009, the Shirane was moved from Escort Flotilla One to Escort Flotilla Three, based in Maizuru, Kyoto. In 2011, after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, she was used as a relief ship. In 2012, along with attending the most recent RIMPAC, she also attended Fleet Week, a United States naval tradition in which naval ships are showcased.[1]


On December 15, 2007, a fire broke out on board Shirane near the rudder house as it was anchored at Yokosuka. It took seven hours to extinguish and injured four crew members.[2]

RIMPAC 2012[edit]

Shirane was one of three ships sent by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force to attend Exercise RIMPAC, along with JDS Bungo and the destroyer JDS Myōkō.[3]

Target ship[edit]

In November 2015, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced that Shirane would be in a live-fire test against the XASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile in 2016.[4]



  1. ^ Potts, JR (7 August 2013). "JDS Shirane (DDH-143) Helicopter Carrier / Destroyer (1980)". militaryfactory.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Latest Stories". www.dawn.com. December 15, 2007. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Participating Forces - RIMPAC 2012". U.S. Navy. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Japan to Test its New XASM-3 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Against Shirane-class Destroyer - Navyrecognition.com, 16 November 2015