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Kurama (DDH-144) at sea in 2011
|Operators:||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|Preceded by:||Haruna-class destroyer|
|Succeeded by:||Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer|
|Length:||159 m (522 ft)|
|Beam:||17.5 m (57 ft 5 in)|
|Draft:||5.3 m (17 ft 5 in)|
|Speed:||31 knots (36 mph; 57 km/h)|
|Aircraft carried:||3 × SH-60J(K) anti-submarine helicopters|
The Shirane-class destroyers are a pair of Japanese destroyers originally built during the late 1970s and still in active service. They are built around a large central hangar which houses up to three helicopters and they are the natural successor of the Haruna-class destroyers.
The Shirane class incorporates an improved design based on the Haruna-class destroyers. The ships propulsion include two steam boilers with two shafts that produce 70.000 hp and gives a maximum speed of 32 knots.
Its armament includes two Mk.42 127mm guns, two 20-mm Phalanx close-in weapon systems, one Surface-to-air RIM-7 Sea Sparrow launcher, torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets. The ships are expected to be replaced by the new Izumo-class helicopter destroyers.
Ships in the class
|Pennant no.||Name||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Decommissioned||Home port|
|DDH-143||Shirane||25 February 1977||18 September 1978||17 March 1980||25 March 2015||Yokosuka|
|DDH-144||Kurama||17 February 1978||20 September 1979||27 March 1981||Sasebo|
On 27 October 2009, JS Kurama collided with a South Korean container ship under the Kanmonkyo Bridge in the Kanmon Straits off the coast of Japan. While neither ship sunk, the bow of Kurama was badly damaged and burned for hours. Three Kurama crew members were reported injured.
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