JS Hiuchi (AMS-4301)
|Laid down:||18 January 2001|
|Launched:||4 September 2001|
|Commissioned:||27 March 2002|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2015[update]|
|Class & type:||Hiuchi, Auxiliary Multi-purpose Support (ASW)|
|Displacement:||980 long tons (1,000 t)|
|Length:||65 m (213 ft)|
|Beam:||12.0 m (39.4 ft)|
|Height:||5.8 m (19 ft)|
|Draft:||3.5 m (11 ft)|
JS Hiuchi is a Hiuchi class Auxiliary Multi-purpose Support (AMS) ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
The primary mission of the Hiuchi is to support training exercises of other ships, including shooting practice and torpedo launching practice.
This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Hiuchi was the first of two JMSDF ships which towed barges of fresh water from Yokosuka to the Fukushima I nuclear accidents. The water was used to replace the seawater being used in cooling efforts at the plant.
- Werth, Eric. (2007). Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, p. 392., p. 392, at Google Books
- Global Security, AMS Hiuchi Class, ship list
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- Seawaves, "Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan"
- Schmitt, Joe. "U.S. Navy to Provide 500,000 Gallons of Fresh Water to Fukushima Power Plant," Navy Compass (US). March 25, 2011; retrieved 30 March 2011
- Werth, Eric. (2007). Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 9781591149552; OCLC 140283156
- JMSDF, AMS-4301 ひうち Hiuchi
- Ministry of Defense, Press Conference by the Defense Minister (11:11-11:26 A.M. March 25, 2011)
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