Naval drills between Takanami class JS Makinami and US Navy

According to a tweet published by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force on July 1, 2021, Takanami class destroyer JS Makinami conducted a bilateral exercise with Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Rafael Peralta and Lewis and Clark-class cargo ship USS Sacagewea to improve tactical capability and further strength cooperation with U.S. Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Takanami class destroyer JS Makinami and Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (Picture source: U.S. Department of Defense)

JS Makinami is the third vessel of the Takanami class destroyers of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). She was laid down on 17 July 2001, launched on 8 August 2002. She was commissioned into service on 18 March 2004 and was initially assigned to the JMSDF Escort Flotilla 2 based at Sasebo.

The Takanami-class destroyer is a class of destroyer serving with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). This warship is the slightly modified class of second-generation, general-purpose destroyers of the JMSDF.

The hull design is generally based on the one of the Murasame-class. However, as a part of weapons was changed, the internal structure has also been changed.

The combat system was slightly improved. The combat direction system is similar to Murasame-class in the first three ships, but in the fourth ship, workstations are changed to AN/UYQ-70, and in the fifth ship, it corresponded to the communication in Link 16.

In terms of weaponry, instead of the 3-inch gun that has been adopted by conventional DD type destroyers, a larger Oto Melara 127 mm gun is introduced. Although vertical launching systems were divided into two places in the Murasame-class, 16-cell Mk 41 for VL-ASROC on the bow deck and 16-cell Mk 48 for Sea Sparrow (later replaced with Evolved Sea Sparrow) on the middle deck, they are compiled in one place, 32-cell Mk 41 on the bow deck in this class.