Minegumo-class destroyer

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JS Minegumo (DD-116)
Class overview
Name: Minegumo-class destroyer
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Preceded by: Yamagumo-class destroyer
Succeeded by: Yamagumo-class destroyer
In commission: 1967–2000
Completed: 3
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
  • 2,100 long tons (2,134 t) standard
  • (Murakumo : 2,150 long tons (2,185 t))
  • 2,750 long tons (2,794 t) full load
  • Length:115 meters
  • Beam:11,8 meters
  • Draft:3,8 meters
Complement: 210
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • OPS-11 EWR
  • OPS-17 surface search radar
  • OQS-3 hull-sonar
Aircraft carried: 2 × QH-50D DASH anti-submarine drone helicopter (removed in 1979-82 and ASROC fitted)

The Minegumo-class destroyer is a destroyer class of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the successor of the Yamagumo class.

This class derived from its predecessor Yamagumo class to be fitted with the QH-50D DASH, the new anti-submarine drone helicopter in return for the removal of the ASROC system. And similarly, it mainly tasked with Anti-submarine warfare. In 1969, after the production of the QH-50D ceased, this class was no longer built and construction of the Yamagumo-class resumed.

The JMSDF considered refitting Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System Mk.1 with the Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopter in return for the facility of DASH, but this plan was abandoned because of the problem of cost. Finally, the facility of DASH was removed in 1979-82, and Mk.16 GMLS for the ASROC system was fitted.

Murakumo was refitted in 1978 for use as a gun trials ship. Rear Mk.33 gun was removed and a new OTO Melara 76 mm gun was added.


Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
Minegumo December 16, 1967 1968 1999
Natsugumo July 25, 1968 1969 1999
Murakumo November 15, 1969 1970 2000