JS Minegumo (DD-116)
|Operators:||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|Preceded by:||Yamagumo-class destroyer|
|Succeeded by:||Yamagumo-class destroyer|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × QH-50D DASH anti-submarine drone helicopter (removed in 1979-82 and ASROC fitted)|
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|
- Eric Wertheim (2007). Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2.
- The Maru Special, Ships of the JMSDF No.58 "Escort ship Yamagumo-class and Minegumo-class", Ushio Shobō (Japan), December 1981