Japan’s MHI launches fourth Mogami-class frigate for JMSDF

Mogami Kumano-class frigate. Credit: Hunini / commons.wikimedia.org.

Shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has launched a new multi-role frigate for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

JMSDF said on its Twitter account that the naming and launching ceremony for its fourth Mogami-class frigate took place in the courtyard of MHI’s Nagasaki Works on December 10.

This fourth Mogami-class frigate has been dubbed ‘Mikuma’, derived from the Mikuma River in Oita prefecture in Kyusyu, Japan.

The Mogami-class frigates being built for the JMSDF have capabilities and technologies that will allow the force to improve its deterrence and response to various situations, and other multi-mission capabilities.

The class ships have a standard displacement of about 3,900t. Each frigate will be up to 130m long and 16m wide and will be equipped with a Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine.

Other weapons include an Mk 45 cannon, two remote weapons stations on the bridge, a SeaRAM, a 16-cell Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS) in the bow, an SH-60L helicopter, torpedoes, eight anti-ship missiles, such as as well as decoy launchers.

In March this year, MHI launched JMSDF’s first multi-role Mogami-type frigate, known by the frigate class name ‘Mogami’.

Mogami’s launch was delayed due to a problem with the ship’s gas turbine engine. It is expected to enter service next year.

The second ship, Kumano, was launched by Mitsui E&S Group in November last year.

Noshiro is the third frigate and was launched in June this year. The JMSDF is expected to acquire 22 ships of this class.

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