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Shirane class

Anti-submarine warfare destroyer

Shirane class destroyer

The Shirane class anti-submarine warfare destroyers can carry three ASW helicopters

Entered service 1980
Crew 350 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 158.5 m
Beam 17.5 m
Draught 5.3 m
Displacement, standard 5 200 tons
Displacement, full load 6 800 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 32 knots
Steam turbines 70 000 shp
Helicopters 3 x SH-60J Seahawk
Artillery 2 x FMC127-mm DP guns, 2 x 20-mm Phalanx CIWS
Missiles 1 x octuple ASROC Mk.112 ASW missile launcher for 24 missiles carrying Mk.46 NEARTIP torpedoes, 1 x octupleSea Sparrow SAM launcher
Torpedoes 2 x tripple 324-mm Type 68 torpedo tubes


   The Shirane class units, Shirane (DD 143) and Kurama (DD 144), were commissioned in 1980 and 1981 respectively. These ships are further development of the Haruna class. They have a broken superstructure with to 'macks' one offset to port atop the main superstructure forward, and the other atop the detached hangar aft. Larger than their predecessors, they were fitted with towed-array sonars in the early 1990s.

   For landing helicopters in bad weather, the ships are fitted with the Canadian Bear Trap haul-down system. To reduce their underwater radiated noise levels from the main propulsion machinery they are equipped with the 'Masker' bubble-generating system. This forms a continuous curtain of minute air bubbles over the parts of the hull beneath the machinery spaces, with the bubbles acting as a sound-damping layer.

   The Shirane is planned to be decommissioned in 2014. The Kurama will possible follow in 2016. These warships will be replaced with new Izumo class helicopter carriers.


Shirane class destroyer

Shirane class destroyer

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