Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Kongo Class guided missile destroyers were built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI Corporation for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). The destroyer is a modified version of the US Navy's Arleigh Burke Class destroyer. It is the first  destroyers were the first vessels to be equipped with the Aegis combat system after the US Navy warships.

JMSDF Kongo Class Ships

  • JDS Kongo (DDG-173) - Commisioned March 1993
  • JDS Kirishima (DDG-174) - Commisioned March 1995
  • JDS Myoko (DDG-175) - Commisioned March 1996
  • JDS Chokai (DDG-176) - Commisioned March 1998

JDS Kongou DD-173

Kongou Class Missile Guided Destroyer Armament:

  • RGM-84 Harpoon Ship to Ship (SSM)
  • SM-2MR Standard SAM (29 cells at the bow, 61 cell at the aft)
  • SM-3 Block IA ABM
  • RUM-139 Vertical Launch ASROC
  • 1 x 5 inch (127 mm) / 54 caliber Oto-Breda Compact Gun
  • 2 x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
  • 2 x Type 68 triple torpedo tubes (6 x Mk-46 or Type 73 torpedoes)
Aircraft carried:   
Room for a helicopter to land on the rear deck

Video of Kongo Class Destroyer


Kongou Destroyer  Mission:

  • Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW)
  • Anti-surface  Warfare (ASuW)
  • Missile Defense Role


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