The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Asagiri-class destroyer, JS Yamagiri (DD-152) has arrived in Muara, Brunei on Feb. 11. 2018 for a goodwill visit.
The ship, assigned to the JMSDF Escort Division 11, was visited in port by Tarō Kōno, the Japanese Foreign Minister.
The statement released by the Navy stated that it strives to strengthen defense cooperation and exchanges with Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) to ensure “ Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.
JS Yamagiri (DD-152)
JS Yamagiri (DD-152) is an Asagiri-class destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).
It is the first major combat vessel in the JMSDF to have a female captain. On February 29, 2016 Miho Otani became the first woman to command a destroyer in active duty the service. She had previously commanded a training destroyer.
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.
The Yamagiri was converted to training vesselm with a pennant number TV-3515, on 18 March 2004 and was re-converted to DD-152 on March 2011. Asagiri has also been converted into a training vessel and was also reconverted.