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).
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.