The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Asagiri-class destroyer, JS Amagiri (DD-154) returned to its homeport in Sasebo completing a seven-month anti-piracy operation.
The destroyer, commanded by CAPT. Koji Saito, Commander, Escort Division 2, was part of the 28th Deployment Surface Force for counter-piracy enforcement. The destroyer was embarking one SH-60J helicopter and approximately 200 officers and crew on board.
Early this month, Amagiri arrived in Manila, Philippines for goodwill visit marking the first time a JMSDF ship is visiting the country this year. The vessel left Manila on Feb. 4 after arriving in the country on Feb. 2.
JS Amagiri (DD-154)
JS Amagiri (DD-154) is an Asagiri-class destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
The Asagiri-class destroyers were built during the 1980s. 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) missions.
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.
Asagiri, Yūgiri, and Amagiri were named after World War II destroyers. Amagiri’s World War II namesake rammed and sank PT-109.