Chikuma is the 5th ship of the DE Abukuma class and was designed for the defense of coastal area as the main mission. Until June of 2000, Chikuma served at its original home port, Maizuru. Chikuma was transfered to Mutsu, Aomori, and now its home port is at Ominato.
It is named after the Chikuma River, which flows from Kobushigadake at the border of Yamanashi, Saitama, and Nagano prefectures, runs north in Nagano prefecture, changes its name to the Shinano River in Tsunan town Niigata, and reaches the Sea of Japan.
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