Japanese Navy launches fifth Mogami class frigate JS Yahagi


According to a tweet published by the JMSDF on June 23, 2022, the naming and launching ceremony of the fifth Mogami class Yahagi was held at Nagasaki Works, MHI.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Mogami-class frigate JS Yahagi, Nagasaki Works, Japan. (Picture source: JMSDF)


The Mogami-class frigate (also known as 30FFM, 30FF, 30DX, or 30DEX) is a Japanese multi-mission stealth frigate in development for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

The vessel has an overall length of 130 meters (426 ft 6 in), breadth of 16 meters (52 ft 6 in), a standard displacement of 3,900 metric tons (3,800 long tons) with a full load displacement of about 5,500 metric tons (5,400 long tons), and a maximum speed of over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph).

Along with stealth capabilities, the frigate also emphasizes having a high level of automation. This allows the frigate to possess a low crew size of only 90 personnel when compared to the crew complement of other ships of similar size.

Weapons for the 30DX include a Mk 45 gun, two remote weapon stations above the bridge, 16-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) at the bow, 8 anti-ship missiles, one SeaRAM, an SH-60L helicopter, torpedoes, and decoy launchers.

Another capability is to deploy and recover unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV), unmanned surface vehicles (USV), and sea mines from the rear ramp beneath the helo deck. The 30DX will also expect to use a naval version of the JGSDF's Type 03 Chū-SAM long-range AA missile.


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