Japanese ships visit Darwin

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 in Darwin
JS Murasame in Darwin. Photo by Barrie Collins.

“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.

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