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ADECS 2018: JMSDF anticipates new and smaller destroyers

23rd January 2018 - 01:00 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo


The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) had 47 destroyers in 2013, but it plans to boost its fleet to 54 by 2023 by introducing a new destroyer type known as the 30DD.

The new 3,900t warship is classified as a ‘compact vessel’, with building costs reduced by making its hull smaller than those of current conventional destroyers in the 5,000t range. The JMSDF will build eight destroyers from 2018-22.

The JMSDF originally planned a 3,000t-class high-speed vessel similar to Littoral Combat Ships of the USN. Eventually, the JMSDF opted instead for a more heavily armed vessel.

The 130m-long 30DD will

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Koji Miyake


Koji Miyake

Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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