JS Ashigara


JS Ashigara (DDG-178) is an Atago-class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Ashigara was named for Mount Ashigara, and is the first Japanese ship to bear the prefix JS (Japanese Ship) instead of JDS (Japanese Defense Ship).

JS Ashigara in May 2010
  • Ashigara
  • (あしがら)
NamesakeMount Ashigara
BuilderMitsubishi, Nagasaki
Laid down6 April 2005
Launched30 August 2006
Commissioned13 March 2008
General characteristics
Class and typeAtago class destroyer
  • 7700 tons standard
  • 10,000+ tons full load
Length560 ft (170 m)
Beam68.9 ft (21.0 m)
Draft20.3 ft (6.2 m)
Speed30 knots (56 km/h)
  • 4,500 nautical miles at 20 knots
  • (8,334 km at 37 km/h)
Sensors and
processing systems
Aircraft carried1 x SH-60K helicopter

She was laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Nagasaki on April 6, 2005, launched on August 30, 2006; and was commissioned on 13 March 2008.

Service edit

This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[1]

In late April 2017, the Ashigara along with the JS Samidare joined the US Navy's Carrier Strike Group 1 as the Strike Group moved into position off the Korean peninsula in response to escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States over the DPRK's nuclear weapons program.[2]

Ashigara and the JS Ise participated in the RIMPAC exercises in the waters around Hawaii on August 17-30, 2020.[3]

Gallery edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Seawaves,"Warships Supporting Earthquake in Japan" Archived 2011-03-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "USS Carl Vinson Strike Group Sails Towards North Korea". Gung Ho Vids. 28 April 2017. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.com.
  3. ^ "JS ISE (DDH 182) arrived at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii". Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force.

External links edit

  Media related to JS Ashigara (DDG-178) at Wikimedia Commons

  • http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/japan/7700ton.htm