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JDS Yaeyama (MSO-301)
|Operators:||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|Succeeded by:||Awaji-class minesweeper|
|Length:||67 m (220 ft)|
|Beam:||11.8 m (38.7 ft)|
|Draft:||3.1 m (10.2 ft)|
|Depth:||5.2 m (17 ft)|
|Speed:||14 knots (26 km/h)|
The Yaeyama class is the largest class of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force minesweepers, designed for open-sea mine clearance operations. Three ships were built in the class, a further three ships were planned but were cancelled. The ships use wooden hulls to reduce their magnetic signature. Yaeyama class is one of the largest-sized wooden hull ships designed today (except old and replica ships).
Jane's Fighting Ships notes their similarity to the U.S. Avenger-class minesweepers.
All three vessels are named after World War II Japanese ships: Yaeyama after a minelayer, and Tsushima and Hachijo after kaibōkan. Of their World War II namesakes, only Hachijo survived the war.
The forecastle was stretched to more than 3/4 of the total length to suppress the increase of retention and member dimensions of the longitudinal strength.
In order to cope with an increase in shear stress accompanying the enlargement of the ship and thickness increase, the outer plate structure has a three layer double arrow blade structure in which the inner layer plates are inclined at right angles to each other and a vertical laminate of the outer layer is stretched to this It is said. In the case of adopting the same double arrow blade structure as the conventional minesweeping boat, it was thought that the inner layer board thickness became 47 mm, but it is suppressed to 20 mm by this.
The use of various tree species, seen in the list below, is the same as the Uwajima-class minesweepers.
- Douglas fir - keel skeg, bottom stringer, chine material, frame, the outer plate-deck
- Keyaki - Kiel friction material
- Oleaceae - plywood
The main engine is equipped with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 4-cycle non-magnetic diesel engines of the same design as in the Uwajimas but with a larger output (1,200 hp / 1,000 Rpm) mounted via a double anti-vibration device. It is the first minesweeper in the Japanese navy to feature a bow thruster, GPS equipped with a precision navigation equipment and automatic Sokan apparatus in order to improve the ship's ability to hold position.
Ships in the class
|Pennant no.||Name||Laid down||Launched||Shipyard||Commissioned||Decommissioned||Home port||Unit|
|MSO-301||Yaeyama||30 August 1990||29 August 1991||Hitachi, Kanagawa||16 March 1993||28 June 2016||Yokosuka||Minesweeper Division 51|
|MSO-302||Tsushima||20 July 1990||20 September 1991||Nikko, Tsurumi||23 March 1993||1 July 2016||Yokosuka||Minesweeper Division 51|
|MSO-303||Hachijyo||17 May 1991||15 December 1992||Nikko, Tsurumi||24 March 1994||6 June 2017||Yokosuka||Minesweeper Division 51|
- "船体 (現代の掃海艦艇を解剖する)". 世界の艦船. 海人社 (427): 76–79. October 1990.
- Minesweeper Division 51 (see above)
- Mine warfare force JMSDF (Japanese, Official)
- Jane's Fighting Ships 2005–2006
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