List of active Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships

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List of active ships of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force is a list of ships in active service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The JMSDF is one of the world's largest navies and the second largest navy in Asia in terms of fleet tonnage.[1] As of 2016, the JMSDF operates a total of 155 vessels (including minor auxiliary vessels), including; four helicopter destroyers (or helicopter carriers), 26 destroyers, 10 small destroyers (or frigates), six destroyer escorts (or corvettes), 19 attack submarines, 30 mine countermeasure vessels, six patrol vessels, three landing ship tanks, 8 training vessels and a fleet of various auxiliary ships.[2][3]

As of 2013, a procurement list added to the current National Defense Program Guidelines has revealed that, among other things, an additional 48 escort vessels of various classes are planned to be added to the MSDF fleet in the coming decade.[4] In addition, as of 7 July 2013, it was being reported that plans were under way to procure two more Aegis equipped destroyers in order to bolster ongoing BMD efforts, the first to be contracted for in fiscal year 2015 and the other in fiscal year 2016.[5]

Submarine fleet[edit]


The JMSDF plans to increase the number of submarines from the current 17 to 22 boats.[6]

Class Picture Type Boats Displacement[a] Note
Submarines (17 in Service)
Sōryū-class JS Zuiryu under construction Attack submarine JS Sōryū
JS Unryū
JS Hakuryū
JS Kenryū
JS Zuiryū
JS Kokuryū
JS Jinryū
JS Sekiryū
4,200 tonnes 5 more to be commissioned.
Oyashio-class (JS) Oyashio Attack submarine JS Uzushio
JS Makishio
JS Isoshio
JS Narushio
JS Kuroshio
JS Takashio
JS Yaeshio
JS Setoshio
JS Mochishio
4,000 tonnes

Surface fleet[edit]

Helicopter destroyers - DDH[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Helicopter destroyers - DDH (4 in Service)
Izumo-class JS Izumo Helicopter destroyer (or helicopter carrier) JS Izumo
JS Kaga
27,000 tonnes
Hyūga-class JS Hyūga Helicopter destroyer (or helicopter carrier) JDS Hyūga
19,000 tonnes

Landing ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Landing ships - LST (3 in Service)
Ōsumi-class MV-22B trying to land aboard JDS Shimokita.jpg Landing ship tank JDS Ōsumi
JDS Shimokita
JDS Kunisaki
14,000 tonnes The Japanese MoD is planning to perform a major refit on the Osumi-class to improve their amphibious capabilities.[7]
Landing crafts - LCU (2 in Service)
LCU-2001-class JMSDF LCU-2002.jpg Utility landing craft JDS LC No.1
540 tonnes

Destroyers - DDG/DD[edit]

The JMSDF uses the official term Destroyers despite some smaller vessels being analogous to frigates by most international classifications.[8]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Destroyers - DDG/DD (36 in Service)
Atago-class JDS Ashigara Guided missile destroyer (Aegis) JDS Atago
JDS Ashigara
10,000 tonnes
Kongō-class JDS Kongo Guided missile destroyer (Aegis) JDS Kongō
JDS Kirishima
JDS Myōkō
JDS Chōkai
9,500 tonnes
Hatakaze-class US Navy 101206-N-2562W-013 The Japan Maritime Self-Defense ship JS Hatakaze (DDG 171) is participating in exercise Keen Sword 2011.jpg Guided missile destroyer JDS Hatakaze
JDS Shimakaze
5,900 tonnes
Asahi-class Destroyer JS Asahi 5,100 tonnes JDS Asahi (DD-119) was launched October 19, 2016 and will be commissioned March 2018.
Akizuki-class JS Fuyuzuki Destroyer JS Akizuki
JS Teruzuki
JS Suzutsuki
JS Fuyuzuki
6,800 tonnes
Takanami-class JDS Takanami Destroyer JS Takanami
JS Onami
JS Makinami
JS Sazanami
JS Sazanami
6,300 tonnes
Murasame-class JDS Samidare DD106.jpg Destroyer JDS Murasame
JDS Harusame
JDS Yudachi
JDS Kirisame
JDS Inazuma
JDS Samidare
JDS Ikazuchi
JDS Akebono
JDS Ariake
6,100 tonnes
Asagiri-class JDS Hamagiri Small destroyer (or frigate) JDS Asagiri
JDS Yamagiri
JDS Yūgiri
JDS Amagiri
JDS Hamagiri
JDS Setogiri
JDS Sawagiri
JDS Umigiri
4,900 tonnes
Hatsuyuki-class JMSDF DD-127 Isoyuki.jpg Small destroyer (or frigate) JDS Matsuyuki
JDS Asayuki
4,000 tonnes

Destroyer escorts - DE[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Destroyer escorts - DE (6 in Service)
Abukuma-class DestroyerEscorts231&232&234.JPG Destroyer escort (or corvette) JS Abukuma
JS Jintsu
JS Oyodo
JS Sendai
JS Chikuma
JS Tone
2,550 tonnes

Mine countermeasure vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Mine countermeasure vessels (25 in Service)
Uraga-class Uraga.JPG Minesweeper JS Uraga
JS Bungo
5,500 tonnes Categorized as "mine-countermeasures support ship".
Awaji-class MSO 304 Awaji.jpg Minesweeper JS Awaji 690 tonnes
Enoshima-class MSC-604 Enoshima in Yokosuka.JPG Minesweeper JS Enoshima
JS Chichijima
JS Hatsushima
570 tonnes
Hirashima-class MSC-602-YAKUSHIMA.JPG Minesweeper JS Hirashima
JS Yakushima
JS Takashima
570 tonnes
Sugashima-class JMDSF MSC688 Aishima-090218-N-4811K-874.jpg Minesweeper JS Sugashima
JS Notojima
JS Tsunoshima
JS Naoshima
JS Toyoshima
JS Ukushima
JS Izushima
JS Aishima
JS Aoshima
JS Miyajima
JS Shishijima
JS Kuroshima
570 tonnes
Uwajima-class JMSDF MSC-677 MAKISHIMA.jpg Minesweeper JS Nagashima 570 tonnes
Ieshima-class Minesweeper controller JS Kumejima
JS Yugeshima
570 tonnes Reconverted Uwajima-class minesweeper.

Patrol vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Patrol vessels (6 in Service)
Hayabusa-class PG-827 KUMATAKA.JPG Patrol boat JS Hayabusa
JS Wakataka
JS Otaka
JS Kumataka
JS Umitaka
JS Shiritaka
240 tonnes

Training vessels[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Training vessels (8 in Service)
Kashima class TV 3508 - JDS Kashima.jpg Cadet training ship JS Kashima 4,050 tonnes
Shimayuki-class Shirayuki.JPG Training vessel JS Shimayuki
JS Setoyuki
JS Yamayuki
3,000 tonnes Reconverted Hatsuyuki-class destroyers.
Oyashio-class (JDS) Oyashio Training submarine JS Oyashio
JS Michishio
4,000 tonnes Reconverted Oyashio-class submarines.
Kurobe (ATS-4202) ATS-4202-KUROBE.png Training support ship JS Kurobe
Tenryu (ATS-4203) JS Tenryū at Hanshin Base, -20 Jul. 2008 a.jpg Training support ship JS Tenryu

Auxiliary fleet[edit]

Replenishment ships[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Replenishment ships (5 in Service)
Mashu-class JS Oumi AOE-426 Stern DSCN2566 20111026.JPG Replenishment oiler JS Mashu
JS Omi
25,000 tonnes
Towada-class JS Tokiwa at SDF Fleet Review 2006, -29 Oct. a.jpg Replenishment oiler JS Hamana
JS Tokiwa
JS Towada
15,000 tonnes


Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Miscellaneous (16 in Service)
Hiuchi-class JMSDF AMS 4302 Suou.JPG Training support ship JS Hiuchi
JS Suo
JS Amakusa
JS Genkai
JS Enshu
1,000 tonnes
Cable laying ship ARC Muroto
Submarine rescue vessel ASR Chihaya
Submarine rescue tender AS Chiyoda
Oceanographic research ship AGS Shonan
AGS Nichinan
AGS Futami
Hibiki-class Ocean surveillance ship JS Hibiki
JS Harima
Experiment ship ASE Asuka
Shirase 01.JPG Ice breaker AGB Shirase 20,000 tonnes
Yacht ASY Hashidate

Future JMSDF vessels[edit]

  • Asahi-class destroyer (25DD, New 5,000-ton destroyer program first revealed in the MoD's FY2013 budget request, JS Asahi (DD-119)[9] and a second in FY2014, DD-120.[10] Seemingly an ASW optimised development of the Akizuki class likely intended for Sea lines of communication duties rather than the escort of Aegis destroyers as in the case of the Akizuki. Planned to cost even less to operate and maintain than the already low cost Akizuki class, partly through the use of COGLAG [Combined Gas turbine Electric And Gas turbine] propulsion. ¥72.3 billion has been requested for the construction of the first unit in the class, and to respond to a reduction of Hatsuyuki-class destroyers)
  • DDR Destroyer Revolution (5400 tonnes Light Escort Destroyer project, also referred to as 'the next generation escort ship'. Program in existence since 2009, current plans are to start construction on the first of class by 2021 at the latest. Full scale R&D activities scheduled from 2011 onwards.)
  • In 2013 plans for an additional 2-4 AEGIS destroyers was presented. The first pair should be in service by 2018.[11]
  • Also in late 2013, it was being reported that a new high speed small destroyer (frigate) class was to be procured. Full displacement would be in the 3,000-ton range. No other details such as development history were immediately available, though it was implied that the vessels would be optimised for Anti-surface warfare. Peacetime roles would be primarily outer island warning and surveillance. In accordance with current MSDF/MOD practice, these vessels would likely be referred to as escort ships despite their actual role/s.[12]
  • The Japanese government is reported to be considering the procurement of a LCS (corvette) type vessel. In March 2014, Japan and the U.S. agreed to undertake studies concerning joint development between the two countries of a high-speed littoral combat ship. Exact details are unknown, but press reports indicate it may be a trimaran, similar to the Independence-class LCS.[13]
  • In 2014, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera expressed the intention of buying one amphibious assault ship from the United States to provide more amphibious capabilities than the current Osumi class landing ships. The Wasp class amphibious assault ship is most likely candidate for acquisition.[14]
  • In August 2015, a new subclass of the Atago-class, dubbed the 27DDG Destroyer, was announced. With an empty displacement of 8,200 tons and utilising COGLAG propulsion, the new class is intended to be equipped with both a laser based point defense system (developed by the Technical Research & Development Institute) and provision to be fitted with a naval railgun also currently under development by Japan. The first two ships of the new class are expected to enter service in 2020 and 2021 respectively.


  1. ^ Displacement when submerged


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