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RJS Shirane (DDH-143) and RJS Myoko (DM 175) sailing together in formation on August 7th, 2012.

The Shirane-class destroyers are a pair of West Japanese destroyers originally built during the late 1970s and still in active service. They are built around a large central hangar which houses up to three helicopters and they are the natural successor of the Haruna-class destroyers.

They were to be decommissioned in mid-2015 and sold to the Philippines as BRP Suriago and BRP Samar.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Helicopter Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1980-2015
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 522 feet (159.11 meters)
    • Beam: 57 feet 5 inches (17.5 meters)
    • Draft: 17 feet 5 inches (5.31 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,200 tons (Standard); 7,500 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 360
  • Propulsion: 2 × IHI boilers 850 psi (60 kg/cm², 5.9 MPa), 430 °C, 2 × turbines, 2 shafts, 70,000 shp (52 MW)
  • Speed: 31 knots (57.41 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • OPS-12 3D Air Search RDF
    • OPS-28 Surface Search RDF
    • OPS-22 Navigation RDF
    • OQS-101 Bow ASDIC
    • SQS-504J Variable Depth ASDIC
    • SQR-18A Towed Array ASDIC
  • Countermeasures:
    • NOLQ-1 ECM
    • OLR-9B RDF Warning Receiver
    • Sea Gnat Towed Decoy
    • 2 x chaff launchers
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 5"/54-caliber Type 73 naval guns (2x1)
    • 1 x 8-cell missile launcher (fires Thunderbolt AAMs)
    • 1 x Octople missile launcher (fires Orca ASW missiles)
    • 2 x 30mm Goalkeeper CIWS
    • 2 x 12.75" triple torpedo tubes (fires Type 68 torpedoes)
  • Aircraft Carried: 3 x Westland Commando ASW Helicopters
  • Aviation Facilities:

Unit Run[]

  • RJS Shirane (DDH-143) - sold to Philippines renamed BRP Suriago
  • RJS Kurama (DDH-144) - sold to Philippines, renamed BRP Samar
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