JMSDF Training Group Arrives in Bangkok, Thailand for goodwill visit

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Training Group arrived in Bangkok, Thailand for a scheduled goodwill visit, on Feb. 20, 2018.

The training group consists of Asagiri-class destroyers, JS Yamagiri (DD-152) and JS Sawagiri (DD-157), and a training vessel, JS Yamayuki (TV-3519).

Asagiri-class destroyers

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.

JS Yamayuki (TV-3519)

JS Yamayuki (DD-129) was a Hatsuyuki-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). She was converted to a training vessel and designated: TV-3519 on 27 April 2016.

The ship was built by Hitachi, Maizuru and commissioned into service on 3 December 1985. This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

JS Sawagiri (DD-157) and JS Yamayuki (TV-3519)
JS Sawagiri (DD-157) destroyer and JS Yamayuki (TV-3519) training vessel of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

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