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Ashigara (DDG-178) in 2015
|Builder:||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Nagasaki|
|Laid down:||April 6, 2005|
|Launched:||August 30, 2006|
|Commissioned:||13 March 2008|
|Class and type:||Atago class destroyer|
|Length:||560 ft (170 m)|
|Beam:||68.9 ft (21.0 m)|
|Draft:||20.3 ft (6.2 m)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 x SH-60K helicopter|
JS Ashigara (DDG-178) is an Atago class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Ashigara was named for Mount Ashigara, and is the first Japanese ship to bear the prefix JS (Japanese Ship) instead of JDS (Japanese Defense Ship).
In late April 2017, the Ashigara along with the JS Samidare joined the US Navy's Carrier Strike Group 1 as the Strike Group moved into position off the Korean peninsula in response to escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States over the DPRK's nuclear weapons program.
- Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan" Archived 2011-03-23 at the Wayback Machine.
- "USS Carl Vinson Strike Group Sails Towards North Korea". Gung Ho Vids. 28 April 2017 – via YouTube.com.
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