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The Hatakaze class of guided missile destroyers is a third generation class of vessels in service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They were the first of the JMSDF's ships to have gas-turbine propulsion.

JDS Hatakaze
Hatakaze (DDG-171) docked in Pearl Harbor, 1988
Class overview
Name: Hatakaze class
Builders: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Operators:  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Preceded by: Tachikaze class
Succeeded by: Kongō class
  • (Hatakaze) 61,980,000,000 JPY
  • (Shimakaze) 69,283,000,000 JPY
Built: 1983–1988
In commission: 1986–present
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile destroyer
  • (Hatakaze)
  • 4,600 long tons (4,674 t) standard
  • 6,000 long tons (6,096 t) full load
  • (Shimakaze)
  • 4,650 long tons (4,725 t) standard
  • 6,050 long tons (6,147 t) full load
Length: 150 m (492 ft 2 in)
Beam: 16.4 m (53 ft 10 in)
Draft: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Speed: 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Complement: 260

The core weapon suite is similar to that of the preceding Tachikaze class, but various improvements were made in many areas. Most notable are those that allow the Hatakaze class to function as a group flagship. Normally this duty resides with a larger type of ship, but in case of their absence due to repairs, accident, or battle damage, the Hatakaze design allows for it to function as a command ship.

Hatakaze destroyers operate the OYQ-4-1 type tactical control system. Its weapon systems include the Standard missile surface-to-air missile, anti-submarine rockets, the RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile, two Mark 15 20 mm CIWS gun mounts, two torpedo mounts in a triple tube configuration and two 5 inch/54 caliber Mark 42 rapid-fire guns.



Hatakaze was also the name of a pre–World War II destroyer of the Kamikaze class. Commissioned on 1 August 1924, Hatakaze was finally sunk by aerial attack on 15 January 1945.

The name Shimakaze was also shared by an Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer of 3048 tons, built at Maizuru Shipyards in Japan. She was completed in May 1943, being extremely large and fast, with a very heavy torpedo armament. Shimakaze was sunk by U.S. Navy carrier-based aircraft in the Philippines area on 11 November 1944, along with three other destroyers in the Ormoc Bay area, while escorting troop transports to the vicinity.

Ships in the classEdit

Building no. Pennant no. Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Home port
2311 DDG-171 Hatakaze 20 May 1983 9 November 1984 27 March 1986 Yokosuka
2312 DDG-172 Shimakaze 13 January 1985 30 January 1987 23 March 1988 Maizuru

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