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|Name:||Minegumo class destroyer|
|Operators:||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|Preceded by:||Yamagumo-class destroyer|
|Succeeded by:||Yamagumo-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||2,100 long tons (2,134 t) standard
(Murakumo : 2,150 long tons (2,185 t))
2,750 long tons (2,794 t) full load
|Aircraft carried:||2 × QH-50D DASH anti-submarine drone helicopter (removed in 1979-82 and ASROC fitted)|
This class derived from its predecessor Yamagumo-class to be fitted with the QH-50D DASH, the new anti-submarine drone helicopter in return for the removal of the ASROC system. And similarly, it mainly tasked with Anti-submarine warfare. In 1969, after the production of the QH-50D ceased, this class was no longer built and construction of the Yamagumo-class resumed.
The JMSDF considered refitting Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System Mk.1 with the Kaman SH-2 Seasprite helicopter in return for the facility of DASH, but this plan was abandoned because of the problem of cost. Finally, the facility of DASH was removed in 1979-82, and Mk.16 GMLS for the ASROC system was fitted.
|Pennant no.||Name||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Decommissioned|
|Minegumo||December 16, 1967||1968||1999|
|Natsugumo||July 25, 1968||1969||1999|
|Murakumo||November 15, 1969||1970||2000|
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