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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: 9
Also Known As: DD 101
Origin: Japan
Corporations: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding
Parent System: Murasame
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1996
Total Production: 14
Family Members: Takanami
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Description: The Japan Marine Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class frigates (destroyers in the JMSDF parlance) have been designed to perform anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missions with limited defense against airborne threats. These ships are an enlarged version of Asagiri class frigates commissioned by JMSDF between 1988 and 1991. In addition to an enlarged hull, the ship design incorporates stealth characteristics for improved survivability. The JMSDF commissioned nine Murasame-class multi-role frigates between 1996 and 2002.
The Murasame-class frigates propulsion system consists of two SM1C cruise gas turbines and two LM2500 boost gas turbines developing 60,000-shp. The 4,500t class ship top speed is 30 knots. The weapon systems comprises: a 76mm gun, a 16-cell vertical launching system (VLS) for vertical launch ASROC (VLA) anti-submarine rocket, a 16-cell vertical launch system with 16 Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, eight Harpoon anti-ship missiles, two triple 12.75-inch torpedo tubes, and two 20mm Phalanx guns for close-in air defense. Besides, the ship has a flight deck and hangar allowing for operation of a single SH-60J patrol helicopter.

Murasame Specifications

Crew: 165
Number of Weapons: 40
Torpedo Tubes: 6
Beam: 17.4 meter
Draft: 5.20 meter
Length: 151 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 76 millimeter
Total Combined Power: 60,000 shp (44,760 kW)
Top Speed: 30 knot (15.4 mps)
Full Displacement: 4,550 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 20149

Grand Total 91
Anti-Ship Missiles
RGM-84D Harpoonx8
Ship Air Defense Systems
Mk 15 Phalanx Block 1/1Ax2
Ship Power Plants
Ship Protection Systems
Ship Sensors
Surface-to-Air Missiles
RIM-7P Sea Sparrowx16
Tactical Support Helicopters
SH-60J Seahawkx1
Weapon Stations
76/62 Compactx1

Murasame Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
DD101 Murasame-1996-
DD102 Harusame-1997-
DD103 Yudachi-1999-
DD104 Kirisame-1999-
DD105 Inazuma-2000-
DD106 Samidare-2000-
DD107 Ikazuchi-2001-
DD108 Akebono-2002-
DD109 Ariake-2002-

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