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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: 2
Also Known As: DDH 143
Origin: Japan
Parent System: Shirane
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: 2
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Description: The Japan Marine Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Shirane is a class of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) destroyers with limited anti-aircraft warfare (AAW) capabilities. Its propulsion system is based on two steam turbines developing 70,000-shp of power and enabling a top speed of 32 knots. Shirane-class destroyers feature a huge aft flight deck and hangar facilities to allow operation of up to three SH-60J helicopters. Its weapon system consists of two 5-in (127mm) cannons, two 20mm Phalanx close-in gun systems, one eight-cell Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile system (24 missiles), one ASROC rocket system and two triple 12.75-in torpedo tubes. MSDF commissioned two ships in 1980 and 1981 which play the flagship role in Japan's escort flotillas.

Shirane Specifications

Crew: 350
Number of Weapons: 40
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 17.5 meter (57 foot)
Draft: 5.30 meter (17.4 foot)
Length: 159 meter (522 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 127 millimeter
Total Combined Power: 70,000 shp (52 MW)
Top Speed: 32 knot (16.4 mps)
Full Displacement: 5,200 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment

Jan 20141

Grand Total 21
Defensive Weapons
RIM-7P Sea Sparrowx24
Protection Systems
Mk 15 Phalanx Block 0x2
Support Aircraft

Shirane Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
DDH143 Shirane-1980-
DDH144 Kurama-1981-

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