Will Soon Launch Replacement Program for JMSDF 3 Towada class Replenishment
The Japanese Minister of Defense should soon launch a new replenishement
oiler program to replace the three Towada class replenishment ships.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Towada, Tokiwa and
Hamana were ordered in the 1980ies and commissioned in 1987 and
Towada-class was designed as an enlarged, improved version of the Sagami-class
fast combat support ships.
The Towada-class is fitted with six transfer stations (four wet and
two dry ones) for underway replenishment (UNREP) as well as a large
helicopter deck for vertical replenishment (VERTREP). The remotely controlled
pump system allows for the transfer of 11,000 liters per minute. This
is to ensure that the refueling sequence lasts less than five minutes
to reduce the exposure of the force to the submarine threat.
In addition to the Towada-class, the JMSDF has two newer Mashu-class
The date of the replacement of Towada-class is not set yet. There are
no provision for replenishment vessel contruction in 2016 budget.