JDS Teruzuki (DD-162) was a Japanese Akizuki-class destroyer. The vessel was laid down in 1958 and served as a front line warship with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force until 1986, and as an auxiliary until 1993.
|Builder:||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries|
|Laid down:||15 August 1958|
|Launched:||24 June 1959|
|Decommissioned:||27 September 1993|
|Class and type:||Akizuki-class destroyer|
|Beam:||12.0 m (39 ft 4 in)|
|Draft:||4.0 m (13 ft 1 in)|
|Speed:||32 kn (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
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Design and construction
Teruzuki was one of two Akizuki-class destroyers ordered in 1957 by the United States for Japan as part of a military aid package. Although the two destroyers were paid for by the United States, and therefore had hull numbers under the US Navy designation scheme, with Teruzuki having the hull number DD-960, they were built in Japanese shipyards to local designs.
The two destroyers were equipped as flotilla leaders, and had the same main gun armament of three American 5-inch (127 mm)/54 caliber guns as used in the previous Murasame class, with four 3-inch (76 mm) anti-aircraft guns in two twin mounts. Anti-submarine armament consisted of a Weapon Alpha anti-submarine rocket launcher, two Hedgehog anti-submarine projectors and two depth charge launchers. A single quadruple mount for 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes was fitted, with a single set of reload torpedoes.
Teruzuki was refitted between 1976 and 1977 to improve anti-submarine capabilities, with the SQS-29 hull sonar replaced by the larger and longer ranged SQS-23 system, while a variable-depth sonar (VDS) was added. The obsolete Weapon Alpha launcher was replaced by a Bofors 375 mm (14.8 in) anti-submarine launcher, with the Hedgehog launchers replaced by two triple 12.75-inch (324 mm) triple mounting for Mark 46 torpedoes.
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