Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Commissions Second Asahi-Class Destroyer, JS Shiranui

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has commissioned its second Asahi-class destroyer, JS Shiranui (DD-120) during a ceremony at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)’ Nagasaki Shipyard on Feb. 27.

JS Shiranui was launched on Oct. 12, 2017 at the shipyard. It is the third ship to hold the name after the Murakumo and Kagerō class destroyers. The destroyer is assigned to the JMSDF’s Escort Division 7 based at Ōminato Base in Aomori Prefecture.

The Asahi-class is based on JMSDF’s Akizuki-class destroyers but with a higher Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability. The vessels have a length of 151 meters and displaces over 5,000 tons.

The vessels are equipped with Gallium Nitride – Active Electronically Scanned Array (GaN-AESA) radar system, and are armed with variety of weapon systems such as Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM), ASW rockets, Anti-Ship-Missiles (AShM) and torpedoes.

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