The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has decommissioned its Shimayuki-class training ship, JS Yamayuki (TV-3519), during a ceremony in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture on March 19.
19 MAR, the Ship Retirement Ceremony for JS YAMAYUKI (TV 3519) was held at Kure. She achieved many missions and passing through 3 era, SHOWA, HEISEI and REIWA since commissioned in 1985. Her total cruise distance reached 801,550 NM and it’s nearly equal to 32 laps of the Earth. pic.twitter.com/chAZQnsVpo
— Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (@jmsdf_pao_eng) March 19, 2020
Yamayuki was built by Hitachi, Maizuru and commissioned into service on 3 December 1985 as a Hatsuyuki-class destroyer. This ship was one of several JMSDF ships that participated in disaster relief operations after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
The ship was converted to a training vessel and designated: TV-3519 on 27 April 2016. Four ships of the Hatsuyuki-class have been re-purposed as training vessels: JS Shimayuki (1999), JS Shirayuki (2011), JS Setoyuki (2012) and JS Yamayuki. These ships have been converted for training, yet they still have their weapons systems intact. They are referenced after the lead ship as the: Shimayuki-class.
During her time in the JMSDF service, Yamayuki traveled around 801,550 nautical miles which is nearly equal to 32 laps around the Earth.