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JS Shimakaze (DDG-172)


Guided-Missile Destroyer Warship


Japan | 1988



"JS Shimakaze was added to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force inventory in 1988 and makes her homeport out of Maizuru today."



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The modern Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has, in total, thirty-six warships (as of December 2017) dedicated to the role of "destroyer". One of the classes involved is the Hatakaze-class which numbers two and is led by JS Hatakaze (DDG-171) with her sister being JS Shimakaze (DDG-172). Both are built to a 5,800 tonne standard. JS Shimakaze, the focus of this article, was laid down on January 13th, 1985 and launched on January 30th, 1987. It was commissioned for service in the JMSDF on March 23rd, 1988 and makes her homeport out of Maizuru, Japan.

The Shimakaze has a displacement of 4,675 tons under standard load and up to 6,100 tons under full load. Dimensions include a length of 492.1 feet with a beam of 53.9 feet and a draught of 15.8 feet. Aboard are 260 personnel. A single Mitsubishi (Sikorsky) SH-60 helicopter is supported from the stern flight deck. This rotary-wing platform is outfitted with modern Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) equipment and also serves as an over-the-horizon reconnaissance component.

The ship's profile features an elevated forecastle and raised section just aft of the bow turret emplacement. The bridge is attached to the central, primary superstructure which is capped by a lattice mastwork containing sensors, radar, comms and various other needed systems (including the SPS-52C air-search radar. After the main mast is a break in the superstructure with the low-profile smoke funnels seated near midships. Aft of these structures is the aft-superstructure which carries on it a shorter mast and its OPS-11C series air-search radar fit. A second turret is fitted facing the stern. The helicopter flight deck is seated directly over the stern section.

Propulsion power is from 2 x Kawasaki (Rolls-Royce) Spey SM1A gas turbines and 2 x Rolls-Royce Olympus gas turbines developing upwards of 72,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts. This is an arrangement known as COGAG (COmbined Gas And Gas) which allows the vessel to switch between each engine pairing to promote the best efficiency of power and fuel consumption. As such the Spey engines are generally used for cruising actions and the Olympus engines for high-speed dashing actions. The warship can make headway at 30 knots in ideal conditions. The Hatakaze-class was the first JMSDF warship to feature an all-gas turbine propulsion scheme.

The Shimakaze is classified as a guided-missile destroyer (DDG) which implies an armament suite led by missile armament. The armament suite is a mix of missile- and projectile-based weaponry that includes 2 x 5" /54 caliber Mark 42 series turreted deck guns and this is supported by an RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile launcher installation. The warship also carries an ASROC (Anti-Submarine ROCket) launching system and a pair of 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).To round out its offensive capabilities are 2 x Type 68 triple torpedo tubes.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for JS Shimakaze (DDG-172).
2 x Kawasaki (Rolls-Royce) Spey SM1A gas turbines with 2 x Rolls-Royce Olympus gas tubrines developing 72,000 horsepower driving 2 x Shafts.
Propulsion
30.0 kts
34.5 mph
Surface Speed
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of JS Shimakaze (DDG-172).
260
Personnel
Complement
492.1 ft
149.99 meters
O/A Length
53.9 ft
16.43 meters
Beam
15.8 ft
4.82 meters
Draught
4,675
tons
Displacement
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of JS Shimakaze (DDG-172).
2 x 5" /54 caliber Mark 42 turreted deck guns.
1 x RGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) launcher.
1 x Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launcher
2 x 20mm Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs)
2 x Type 68 triple torpedo tubes
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of JS Shimakaze (DDG-172).
1 x Mitsubishi (Sikorsky) SH-60 Seahawk navy helicopter.
Ships-in-Class (2)
Notable series variants as part of the JS Shimakaze (DDG-172) family line as relating to the Hatakaze-class group.
JS Hatakaze (DDG-171); JS Shimakaze (DDG-172)
Operators
Global operator(s) of the JS Shimakaze (DDG-172). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.
National flag of modern Japan

[ Japan ]
Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
BROWN WATER SERVICE
OFFSHORE BOMBARDMENT
LAND-ATTACK
MARITIME PATROL
AIRSPACE DENIAL
FLEET SUPPORT
SHIP-TO-SHORE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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