The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class general purpose destroyer JS Akebono (DD-108) arrived at the port of Hambantota in Sri Lanka on a goodwill visit on April 9, 2018.
Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the ship in accordance with naval tradition upon her arrival.
Meanwhile, Commander Southern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera, Director Naval Operations, Commodore Sanjeewa Dias along with a group of officers attached to the Southern Naval Command, Coast Guard and Air Force made an inspection visit on-board ‘Akebono’ and subsequently took part in a conference on Search and Rescue held aboard ship.
Besides, the Commanding Officer of the vessel, Commander Yuichi Haeno called on Commander Southern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera and shared a couple of views on matters of professional interest as well. Mementoes were also exchanged to mark this occasion. JS Akebono is due to set sail for the next port of call, on completion of her two-day visit.
JS Akebono (DD-108)
JS Akebono (DD-108) is a Murasame-class general purpose destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).
The ship was laid down on 29 October 1999, launched on 25 September 2000 and was commissioned on 19 March 2002. She is homeported at JMSDF Kure Naval Base.
The Murasame class was designed to replace the JMSDF’s smaller destroyers that were reaching block obsolescence, ensuring the fleet could maintain its strength while increasing its firepower. It was originally planned that 14 of these would be built, but this was reduced to nine when the Takanami class (a modified variant of the Murasame) was designed and construction begun.
The Murasame-class destroyers’ weapon systems include the Evolved Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile, Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missile, RUM-139 VL ASROC, the SSM 1B anti-ship missile, two Mark 15 20 mm Phalanx CIWS gun mounts, two torpedo mounts in a triple tube configuration and a 76 mm 62cal rapid-fire naval gun.
With the exception of Kirisame, all ships of the class share their names with World War II destroyers.