DDK Minegumo Class
The DDK-116 Minegumo class, with a primary missionof antisubmarine operation, was built at the time of second defense buildup plan. Three were built, but the armament and the fire direction device differ among the three units slightly.
The DDK-116 Minegumo class escort ship is similar to the DD 113 Yamagumo class anti-submarine escort ship and three of the DD 113 Yamagumo class were built both before and after the construction of the Minegumo class. However, the Yamagumo class carried the ASROC launcher on the warship center, and dividing the engine department fore and aft, had two smokestacks. But the Minegumo class has one thick smokestack, and in place of the ASROC launcher is equipped with a hangar and a flight deck for the unmanned remote control DASH helicopter on the rear deck. The DDK-116 Minegumo class escort ship and the DD 113 Yamagumo class are quasi-similar types of warship, but are marked by different electronics.
The DASH unmanned helicopter, because it experienced difficulties, was deleted after 1978, with the ASROC launcher added during the conversion. In addition, the DDK-116 Minegumo was used as the test bed of the new model OTO rapid fire gun, so the other warships have a different on-board gun.
The DD 116 Minegumo was modified, and from 01 August 1995 it was classified as a training
ship [TV 3509]. The DD 117 / TV 3510 Natsugumo was stricken in 1999 due to its deteriorating condition. Also the DD 118 Murakumo was until recently was a flagship of the Self-Defense Fleet, but it became a training ship on 16 March 1998. Reconstruction for this purpose included the addition of a student auditorium and accommodation space for women. The training ship Murakumo (TV- 3511) was retired in 2000.
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