JS Chōkai

JS Chōkai (DDG-176) is a Kongō-class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Chōkai was named for Mount Chōkai.

JS Chōkai (DDG-176) docked, 28 September 2005.
Name: JS Chōkai (DDG-176)
Namesake: Mount Chōkai
Ordered: 1993
Builder: IHI Corporation, Tokyo
Laid down: May 29, 1995
Launched: August 27, 1996
Commissioned: March 20, 1998
Homeport: Sasebo
Identification: MMSI number: 431999629
Fate: Active
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Kongō-class destroyer
  • 7500 tons standard
  • 9500 tons full load
Length: 528.2 ft (161.0 m)
Beam: 68.9 ft (21.0 m)
Draft: 20.3 ft (6.2 m)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
  • 4,500 nautical miles at 20 knots
  • (8,334 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 300
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • AN/SPY-1D
  • OPS-28 surface search radar
  • OQS-102 bow mounted sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
NOLQ-2 intercept / jammer
Aircraft carried: 1 × SH-60K helicopter

She was laid down by IHI Corporation in Tokyo on May 29, 1995, launched on August 27, 1996; and commissioned on March 20, 1998.


This ship was one of several in the JMSDF fleet participating in disaster relief after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[1] In 2016, she participated in the biannual Exercise RIMPAC.


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