Hatakaze-class destroyer

The Hatakaze class of guided missile destroyers is a third generation class of vessels in service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They were the first of the JMSDF's ships to have gas-turbine propulsion.

The core weapon suite is similar to that of the preceding Tachikaze class, but various improvements were made in many areas. Most notable are those that allow the Hatakaze class to function as a group flagship. Normally this duty resides with a larger type of ship, but in case of their absence due to repairs, accident, or battle damage, the Hatakaze design allows for it to function as a command ship.

Hatakaze destroyers operate the OYQ-4-1 type tactical control system. Its weapon systems include the Standard missile surface-to-air missile, anti-submarine rockets, the RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile, two Mark 15 20 mm CIWS gun mounts, two torpedo mounts in a triple tube configuration and two 5 inch/54 caliber Mark 42 rapid-fire guns.

JDS Hatakaze
Hatakaze (DDG-171) docked in Pearl Harbor, 1988
Class overview
Name: Hatakaze class
Builders: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Preceded by: Tachikaze class
Succeeded by: Kongō class
  • (Hatakaze) 61,980,000,000 JPY
  • (Shimakaze) 69,283,000,000 JPY
Built: 1983–1988
In commission: 1986–present
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile destroyer
  • (Hatakaze)
  • 4,600 long tons (4,674 t) standard
  • 6,000 long tons (6,096 t) full load
  • (Shimakaze)
  • 4,650 long tons (4,725 t) standard
  • 6,050 long tons (6,147 t) full load
Length: 150 m (492 ft 2 in)
Beam: 16.4 m (53 ft 10 in)
Draft: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Complement: 260


Hatakaze was also the name of a pre–World War II destroyer of the Kamikaze class. Commissioned on 1 August 1924, Hatakaze was finally sunk by aerial attack on 15 January 1945.

The name Shimakaze was also shared by an Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer of 3048 tons, built at Maizuru Shipyards in Japan. She was completed in May 1943, being extremely large and fast, with a very heavy torpedo armament. Shimakaze was sunk by U.S. Navy carrier-based aircraft in the Philippines area on 11 November 1944, along with three other destroyers in the Ormoc Bay area, while escorting troop transports to the vicinity.

Ships in the class

Building no. Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Home port
2311 DDG-171 Hatakaze 20 May 1983 9 November 1984 27 March 1986 Yokosuka
2312 DDG-172 Shimakaze 13 January 1985 30 January 1987 23 March 1988 Maizuru

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5"/54 caliber Mark 42 gun

The Mark 42 5"/54 caliber gun (127mm) is a naval gun (naval artillery) mount used by the United States Navy and other countries. It consisted of the Mark 18 gun and Mark 42 gun mount. United States naval gun terminology indicates the gun fires a projectile 5 inches (127.0 mm) in diameter, and the barrel is 54 calibers long (barrel length is 5" × 54 = 270" or 6.9 meters.) In the 1950s a gun with more range and a faster rate of fire than the 5"/38 caliber gun used in World War II was needed, therefore, the gun was created concurrently with the 3"/70 Mark 26 gun for different usages. The 5"/54 Mk 42 is an automatic, dual-purpose (air / surface target) gun mount. It is usually controlled remotely from the Mk 68 Gun Fire Control System, or locally from the mount at the One Man Control (OMC) station.The self-loading gun mount weighs about 60.4 long tons (61.4 t) including two drums under the mount holding 40 rounds of semi-fixed case type ammunition. The gun fires 31.75 kg (70.0 lb) projectiles at a velocity of 2,650 ft/s (807.7 m/s). Maximum rate of fire is 40 rounds per minute. Magazine capacity is 599 rounds per mount. The Mark 42 mount originally was equipped for two on-mount gunners, one surface and one antiaircraft, but the antiaircraft gunner position was scrapped later on when the increasing speed of naval aircraft made manual aiming of antiaircraft weapons impractical. The Mark 45 lightweight (22.1 long tons (22.5 t)) gun mount began replacing the Mk 42 mount in 1971 for easier maintenance and improved reliability in new naval construction for the United States Navy.

Guided missile destroyer

A guided-missile destroyer is a destroyer designed to launch guided missiles. Many are also equipped to carry out anti-submarine, anti-air, and anti-surface operations. The NATO standard designation for these vessels is DDG. Nations vary in their use of destroyer D designation in their hull pennant numbering, either prefixing or dropping it altogether. The U.S. Navy has adopted the classification DDG in the American hull classification system.

In addition to the guns, a guided-missile destroyer is usually equipped with two large missile magazines, usually in vertical-launch cells. Some guided-missile destroyers contain powerful radar systems, such as the United States’ Aegis Combat System, and may be adopted for use in an anti-missile or ballistic-missile defense role. This is especially true of navies that no longer operate cruisers, so other vessels must be adopted to fill in the gap.

Japanese destroyer Hatakaze

Three Japanese destroyers have been named Hatakaze (the Japanese word for "flag wind"):

Japanese destroyer Hatakaze (1924), a Kamikaze-class destroyer (1922) of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II

JDS Hatakaze (DD-182), an Asakaze-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, launched in 1954 and deleted in 1969, formerly USS Macomb (DD-458).

JS Hatakaze (DDG-171), lead ship of the Hatakaze class

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

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MHI's products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, printing machines, ships and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities, it is the world's 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues and the largest based in Japan.On November 28, 2018, the company was ordered by the South Korea Supreme Court to pay compensation for forced labor which the company oversaw during the Japanese occupation of Korea.

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