List of active Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships

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JMSDF ensign of Japan.

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 (NDPG) 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 number to 22 boats.[6]

Class Picture Type Boats Displacement[a] Note
Submarines (20 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
JS Seiryū
JS Shōryū
JS Ōryū
4,200 tonnes Additional Subs building to be commissioned. The JS Ōryū (christened on October 4, 2018) is Japan's first submarine powered by lithium-ion batteries.
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 2 of 11 built converted to training ships.

Surface fleet[edit]

Multi-purpose operation destroyers[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement[a] Note
Multi-purpose operation destroyers (2 in Service)
Izumo-class JS Izumo Multi-purpose operation destroyer (or de facto aircraft carrier) JS Izumo
JS Kaga
27,000 tonnes Re-designated from helicopter destroyer to Multi-purpose operation destroyer following announcement that they will operate F-35B STOVL Aircraft.[7]

Helicopter destroyers - DDH[edit]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Helicopter destroyers - DDH (2 in Service)
Hyūga-class JS Hyūga Helicopter destroyer (or helicopter carrier) JS Hyūga
JS Ise
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 JS Ōsumi
JS Shimokita
JS Kunisaki
14,000 tonnes The Japanese MoD is planning to perform a major refit on the Osumi-class to improve their amphibious capabilities.[8]
Landing craft - LCU (9 in Service)
LCU-2001-class JMSDF LCU-2002.jpg Utility landing craft JS LC No.1
JS LC No.2
540 tonnes
YL-09-class JMSDF YL-14 right front view at Maizuru Naval Base July 27, 2014.jpg landing craft mechanized JS YL-11
JS YL-12
JS YL-13
JS YL-14
JS YL-15
JS YL-16
JS YL-17
50 tonnes

Destroyers - DDG/DD[edit]

The JMSDF uses the official term Destroyers despite some larger ships being analogous to cruisers and smaller vessels being analogues of frigates by most international classifications.[9]

Class Picture Type Ships Displacement Note
Destroyers - DDG/DD (40 in Service)
Maya-class JS Maya Guided missile destroyer (Aegis) JS Maya
JS Haguro
10,500 tonnes JS Maya is expected to be in commission by March 2020, while JS Haguro is expected to be in commission by 2021.
Atago-class JDS Ashigara Guided missile destroyer (Aegis) JS Atago
JS Ashigara
10,000 tonnes
Kongō-class JS Kongo Guided missile destroyer (Aegis) JS Kongō
JS Kirishima
JS Myōkō
JS 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 JS Hatakaze
JS Shimakaze
5,900 tonnes
Asahi-class JS Asahi Destroyer JS Asahi
JS Shiranui
6,800 tonnes
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 Suzunami
6,300 tonnes
Murasame-class JDS Samidare DD106.jpg Destroyer JS Murasame
JS Harusame
JS Yudachi
JS Kirisame
JS Inazuma
JS Samidare
JS Ikazuchi
JS Akebono
JS Ariake
6,100 tonnes
Asagiri-class JDS Hamagiri Small destroyer JS Asagiri
JS Yamagiri
JS Yūgiri
JS Amagiri
JS Hamagiri
JS Setogiri
JS Sawagiri
JS Umigiri
4,900 tonnes
Hatsuyuki-class JMSDF DD-127 Isoyuki.jpg Small destroyer JS Matsuyuki
JS 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
JS Hirado
690 tonnes JMSDF commissions second Awaji-class minesweeper[10]
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 Shirataka
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-class ATS-4202-KUROBE.png Training support ship JS Kurobe (ATS-4202)
Tenryu-class JS Tenryū at Hanshin Base, -20 Jul. 2008 a.jpg Training support ship JS Tenryu (ATS-4203)

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 ATC Muroto
JS Chiyoda(ASR-404) left side view at Kawasaki Heavy Industries Kobe Shipyard Novenber 11, 2017.jpg Submarine rescue vessel JS Chiyoda 5,600 tonnes (standard) JMSDF commissions new submarine rescue ship[11]
JS Chiyaha (AS-403) at Honolulu, -8 Nov. 2001 a.jpg Submarine rescue vessel JS Chihaya 6,900 tonnes
Oceanographic research ship AGS Shonan
AGS Nichinan
AGS Futami
Hibiki-class Ocean surveillance ship JS Hibiki
JS Harima
JMSDF orders third, more advanced, Hibiki-class ship.[12]
Experiment ship ASE Asuka
Shirase 01.JPG Ice breaker AGB Shirase 20,000 tonnes
Yacht ASY Hashidate

Future JMSDF vessels[edit]

  • The 30DX frigate is a future multi-mission frigate set to replace the Asagiri-class destroyer and Abukuma-class destroyer escort. A total of eight ships are planned to be built, with each pair to begin construction each year (starting in 2018).
  • The 33DD destroyer or DDR Destroyer Revolution is a future destroyer warship in development. Procurement will begin in the FY 2021 budget and the lead ship will be launched in 2024.
  • On March, 2014, it was announced that Japan will jointly research with the US on acquiring a warship based on the Independence-class littoral combat ship. The future warship concept was unveiled in a Japanese defense trade-show called MAST Asia 2017.
  • 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.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Displacement when submerged


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