Asagiri-class destroyer

The Asagiri-class destroyer (あさぎり型護衛艦 Asagiri-gata-goei-kan) is a class of destroyer, serving with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). It was the expanded class of general-purpose destroyers of the first generation of the JMSDF.[1]

JS Yūgiri (DD-153), Solent
JS Yūgiri anchored in the Solent
Class overview
Name: Asagiri-class destroyer
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Preceded by: Hatsuyuki class
Succeeded by: Murasame class
Built: 1986–1989
In commission: 1986–
Completed: 8
Active: 8
General characteristics
Type: General-purpose destroyer
  • 3,500 tons standard,
  • 5,200 tons hull load
Length: 137.0 m (449 ft 6 in)
Beam: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
Draft: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
Depth: 8.8 m (28 ft 10 in)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)
Complement: 220
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • OYQ-6/7 CDS (w/ Link-11)
  • OPS-14/24 air search radar
  • OPS-28 surface search radar
  • OQS-4A hull sonar
  • OQR-1 TASS
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-60J/K anti-submarine helicopter


The JMSDF started construction of a Hatsuyuki-class destroyer since FY1977. This was the first class of general-purpose destroyers (汎用護衛艦 Hanyou-goei-kan) under the eight ships / eight helicopters concept.[1] In this concept, each flotilla would be composed of one helicopter destroyer (DDH), five general-purpose destroyers (DD), and two guided missile destroyers (DDG).[2]

However, due to constraints such as budget, design of the Hatsuyuki class was compelled to compromise in terms of C4I function and resistance and durability. Thus, destroyers to be built after FY1983, Asagiri class were changed to an evolved design with expanded hull and enhanced equipment.[1]


The hull has become an enlarged type of Hatsuyuki class, and the hull form is shelter deck style. Also, as the latter batch of the Hatsuyuki class, the upper structure is made of steel, but since it was incorporated into the design from the beginning, the adverse effect on the movement performance was solved.[1]

The engine room was greatly renovated. Instead of the COGOG propulsion system of the Hatsuyuki class, this class has the COGAG propulsion system with four Kawasaki-Rolls-Royce Spey SM1A gas turbines. With thess powerful engines, it was possible to run at 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph) by driving only two of the four engines, especially the benefits of tracking a submarine were great. And alternating arrangement was introduced to improve resistance and durability, as in the steam turbine driven destroyers.[1]


The earlier batch was equipped the OYQ-6 combat direction system (CDS). This system employed one AN/UYK-20 computer as the same as OYQ-5 tactical data processing system of the Hatsuyuki class, but with expanded memories, it can exchange tactical data via Link-11, which the OYQ-5 does not support. Later, all OYQ-6 systems were upgraded to the OYQ-7, integrated with OYQ-101 ASW Direction System.[1] All ships of this class were later retrofitted with the terminal for the MOF system, the key operational C4I system of the JMSDF which uses the Superbird SHF-SATCOM.[3]

The surface-search radars were replaced by OPS-28. The air-search radars were updated to OPS-14C in the earlier batch, and in the latter batch, OPS-24 3D radars were introduced. This was a maritime version of the land-based J/FPS-3 early-warning radar, and first shipboard active electronically scanned array radar in the world. In the latter batch, electronic warfare support measures systems were also replaced by NOLR-8, completely newly developed with emphasis on anti-ship missile defense.[1]

Its weapon system is basically the same as the Hatsuyuki class except for the minor change on its FCS. However, a new SH-60J was installed as a shipboard helicopter, so a large capacity data link device was installed. The hangar is enlarged in order to accommodate two helicopters, but only one helicopter is used operationally.[1]

Ships in the class

Asagiri, Yūgiri, and Amagiri were named after World War II destroyers. Yamagiri and Asagiri have been converted into training vessels.

Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Builder Home port Note
Asagiri 19 September 1986 1988 IHI Corporation, Tokyo Kure   Converted to training vessel (TV-3516) on 16 February 2005
re-converted to DD-151 on March 2012
Yamagiri 10 October 1987 1989 Mitsui, Tamano Kure   Converted to training vessel (TV-3515) on 18 March 2004,
re-converted to DD-152 on March 2011
DD-153 Yūgiri 21 September 1987 1989 Sumitomo Heavy Industries Uraga Shipyard Ominato   Involved in the June 3rd, 1996 accidental shootdown of a USN A-6E Intruder, during a life-fire CIWS exercise (part of RIMPAC '96). The two aviators ejected safely, and they were rescued by the Yūgiri. Though a malfunction in the Phalanx CIWS was initially implicated as the cause of the incident, human error was later blamed.
DD-154 Amagiri 9 September 1987[4] 28 February 1989[4] IHI Corporation Maizuru  
DD-155 Hamagiri 4 June 1988 1990 Hitachi, Maizuru Ominato  
DD-156 Setogiri 12 September 1988 1990 Hitachi, Maizuru Ominato  
DD-157 Sawagiri 25 December 1988 1990 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard Sasebo  
DD-158 Umigiri 11 September 1989 1991 IHI Corporation Kure  
Asagiri DN-SC-92-06175

JDS Asagiri (DD-151)

JDS Yugiri DD-153

JDS Yūgiri (DD-153)

JMSDF destroyer Amagiri DD-154

JDS Amagiri (DD-154)

JDS-Sawagiri-001 mod

JDS Sawagiri (DD-157)

TV 3516 - JDS Asagiri BB

JDS Asagiri (TV-3516)

DD 158 - JDS Umigiri BB

JDS Umigiri (DD-158)

DD 158 - JDS Umigiri Hangar Deck BB

The hangar deck of JDS Umigiri (DD-158)

DD 158 - JDS Umigiri BB 2

JDS Umigiri (DD-158)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kōda 2015, pp. 188-207.
  2. ^ Kōda 2015, pp. 167-169.
  3. ^ Yamazaki 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Asagiri class Destroyer – DD". Retrieved 11 December 2014.



  • Yamazaki, Makoto (October 2011). "Combat systems of modern Japanese destroyers". Ships of the World (in Japanese). Kaijin-sha (748): 98–107. NAID 40018965310.

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Asagiri-class destroyers
Combatant ship classes of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Helicopter Destroyer (DDH)
Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG)
Destroyer (DD)
All Purpose Destroyer (DDA)
Anti Submarine Destroyer (DDK)
Destroyer Escort (DE)
Frigate Multi-Purpose / Mine(FFM)
Patrol Frigate (PF)
Submarine (SS)
Ocean Minehunters/Minesweepers (MHS)
Coastal Minehunters/Minesweepers (MHC)
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