Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force joins drills with Pakistan


According to a tweet published by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force on July 19, 2021, JS Yūgiri conducted a goodwill exercise with PNS Alamgir in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi, on an important sea lane.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 PNS Alamgir and JS Yugiri during the exercise (Picture source: Twitter account of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)


JS Yūgiri (DD-153) is an Asagiri-class destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The Asagiri class is equipped for combat and interception missions and is primarily armed with anti-ship weapons. They carry two of the Mk-141 Guided Missile Launching Systems (GMLS), which are anti-ship missile systems. The ship is also fitted to be used against submarines. She also carries the Mk-32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes (SVTT), which can be used as an anti-submarine weapon. The ship has two of these systems abeam to starboard and to port. It is also fitted with an Oto-Melara 62-caliber gun to be used against sea and air targets.

They are 137 m (449 ft 6 in) long. The ship has a range of 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) with a top speed of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph). The ship can have up to 220 personnel on board. The ship is also fitted to accommodate one aircraft. The ship's flight deck can be used to service an SH-60J9(K) Seahawk helicopter.

FFG 8 Ex USS MCINERNEY, an Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate, was built in Bath Iron Works and later commissioned into US Navy in Dec 1979. It was second of the series of total 51 OHPs commissioned into US Navy.

FFG 8 was handed over to Pakistan Navy on 31 Aug 10 and was subsequently commissioned on the same day as PNS ALAMGIR into Pakistan Navy at Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida.

PNS ALAMGIR is 453 feet long and displaces 4100 tons. It is propelled by 2 Gas turbines on a single shaft and can achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots in 100 secs. The ship is well equipped for various national and multinational taskings. PNS ALAMGIR can carry two helicopters for multiple tasks.


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