JS Hyūga (DDH-181) is the lead ship of the Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

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JS Hyūga during sea exercise
Name: JS Hyūga
Namesake: Hyūga Province
Builder: IHI Marine United
Laid down: 11 May 2006
Launched: 23 August 2007
Commissioned: 18 March 2009
Homeport: Maizuru
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer
  • 13,950 long tons (14,170 t) standard;
  • 19,000 long tons (19,000 t) full load
Length: 197 m (646 ft)
Beam: 33 m (108 ft)
Propulsion: COGAG, two shafts, 100,000 hp (75,000 kW)
Speed: more than 30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • ATECS (advanced technology command system)
    • OYQ-10 advanced combat direction system
    • FCS-3 AAW system
    • OQQ-21 ASW system
    • NOLQ-3C EW system
    • OPS-20C surface search radar
Aircraft carried:
Aviation facilities: Flight Deck, Hangar Deck

The ship was built by IHI Marine United and commissioned into military service on 18 March 2009.[1]


This ship delivered supplies and undertook in disaster relief operations after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[2]

Hyūga became the first Japanese ship to have an American MV-22 Osprey land aboard it during exercise Dawn Blitz in San Diego, California on June 14, 2013.[3]

In June 2017, Hyūga along with JS Ashigara joined the US Navy's Carrier Strike Group 1 and Carrier Strike Group 5 off the Korean Peninsula in response to increased tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.



External linksEdit

  Media related to JS Hyūga (DDH-181) at Wikimedia Commons