Japanese destroyer, JS Setogiri arrives at Port of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force’s (JMSDF) Asagiri-class destroyer, JS Setogiri (DDG-156) arrived at the port of Trincomalee, Sri Lanka on Dec. 20 for a good will visit.

She was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on arrival.

Commanding officer of the 7th Flotilla of Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force Captain Susumu Moriyama accompanied by the commanding officer of the ship Commander Takeshi Tonegawa paid a courtesy call on Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nimal Sarathsena and Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera at the Esatern Command Headquarters.

Defence Attaché of the Japanese embassy in Sri Lanka, Captain Atsuhiro Morero was also present at the occasion. They held cordial discussions focused on enhancing bilateral cooperation and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.

During the 3 day official visit the ship’s crew will participate in several special programmes including sports events too, arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy in enhancing mutual relationship. With the completion of their tour, the ship is scheduled to depart on Dec. 22.

Asagiri-class DDG

The Asagiri-class destroyers were built during the 1980s for service with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force.

This class of general purpose destroyer is an extended version of its predecessor Hatsuyuki-class destroyers, and is mainly tasked with Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW).

The Asagiri-class vessels feature several enhancements and/or improvements over the Hatusyuki-class, such as COGAG propulsion System, advanced radar systems, full-configuration destroyer combat direction system (CDS) and enlarged aircraft facility.

The vessels have a length of 137 m and a displacement of 4900 tonnes at full load. They have a maximum speed of 30 knots and a range of 8,030 nmi at 14 knots.

The COGAG (Combined gas turbine and gas turbine) propulsion system is composed of four Kawasaki-Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A gas turbines.

This class is equipped with the OPS-28 surface search radar. The OPS-28 is analogous to the American Target Acquisition System Mk.23 with the Track while scan capability. Later ships of this class introduced the OPS-24 air search 3D radar. The OPS-24 is the first shipboard active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar in the world.

The hangar of Asagiri-class vessels is enlarged compared to Hatusyuki-class in order to accommodate two helicopters, but generally only one helicopter is used operationally. The vessels have a crew complement of 220.

Sri Lanka Navy

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