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
Displacement:
  • 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
Armament:
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.

Names[edit]

Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
DD-116
TV-3508
Minegumo December 16, 1967 1968 1999
DD-117
TV-3509
Natsugumo July 25, 1968 1969 1999
DD-118
TV-3511
Murakumo November 15, 1969 1970 2000

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