Two Japan Maritime Self Defence Force ships pulled into Darwin this week for a goodwill visit and to replenish supplies after recent exercises in our region.
CAPTION: JS Kaga arrives in Darwin for a port visit. Photo by Barrie Collins.
CONTACT’s man in the north Barrie Collins was quickly on the water to snap a couple of photos of this special and unannounced event.
“We were expecting them about 10 or 10:30 but, as I was loading up the boat, my mate called and said that they had arrived early and one was already docking – so it was a mad rush,” Barrie said.
“Anyway, they are both classed as destroyers.
“The Kaga, DDH-184, is an Izumo-class muli purpose ‘helicopter destroyer’ built in 2017 with a crew of 900 plus 500 marines.
“It can carry a combination of assets including MV-22 Osprey, Seahawk helicopters and 50 or so vehicles.
“It has been modified to also carry fixed-wing aircraft, namely the F-35B.
“It has a maximum speed of 30 knots and is 248 metres long.
“JS Murasame is the lead destroyer for the JMSDF.
“She was commissioned in 1996, has a crew of 165, and carries one SH-60 anti-submarine helicopter.
“She is armed with a 76mm front gun, two triple torpedo tubes, two 20mm Phalanx, eight anti-ship missiles and 16 Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles.
“She also has a top speed of 30 knots.”
Other foreign ships are also expected to call into Darwin shortly – all of which have been participating in multi-national exercises in our region.