Harukaze-class destroyer

The Harukaze-class destroyer was the first indigenous post-World War II Japanese destroyer class. Its main mission was anti-submarine warfare.

JDS Harukaze
Class overview
Name: Harukaze class
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Succeeded by: Ayanami class
Built: 19541955
In commission: 19561985
Completed: 2
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
  • 1,700 t (1,673 long tons) standard
  • 2,340 t (2,303 long tons) full load
Length: 106.0 m (347.8 ft)
Beam: 10.5 m (34 ft)
Depth: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 240

Almost all equipment was supplied from the United States according to the U.S. and Japan Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement. Sensor systems on-board was standard equipment in the U.S. Navy at that time, for example, the AN/SPS-6 air-search radar, the AN/SPS-5 surface-search radar, the QHB search sonar, the QDA attack sonar.[1][2]

Three 5-inch/38 caliber Mark 12 guns were mounted on Mark 30 single mounts, and controlled by a Mark 51 director. But the JMSDF wasn't satisfied with performance of the director, so latter, Mark 51 was replaced by the Swedish advanced GFCS developed by Contraves (Harukaze) or American Mark 57 (Yukikaze).[3] At the same time, K-guns and depth charge racks were reduced by half and replaced by Mark 32 torpedoes with two Mark 2 over-the-side launchers.[2]


Pennant no.NameLaid downLaunchedCommissionedDecommissioned
DD-101/ASU-7002Harukaze195420 September 195519561985
DD-102/ASU-7003Yukikaze195420 August 195519561985


  1. Tomohiko Tada (March 2010). "4. Radar/ECM/ESM (Shipboard weapons of JMSDF 1952-2010)". Ships of the World. Kaijin-sha (721): 100–105.
  2. "3. Underwater weapons (Shipboard weapons of JMSDF 1952-2010)". Ships of the World. Kaijin-sha (721): 94–99. March 2010.
  3. "2. Guns (Shipboard weapons of JMSDF 1952-2010)". Ships of the World. Kaijin-sha (721): 88–93. March 2010.

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