Haguro DDG-180 guided missile destroyer of Japanese Navy to join its homeport in Sasebo

According to pictures released to the Twitter account of Chris Cavas on April 3, 2021, the Haguro DDG-180 Maya-class guided missile destroyer, an improved Atago-class destroyer of the Japanese Navy has left Yokosuka on April 3, 2021, to join its homeport in Sasebo, a core city located in Nagasaki Prefecture.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Japanese Navy Haguro DDG-180 guided missile destroyer has left Yokosuka on April 3, 2021, to join its homeport in Sasebo. (Picture source Twitter account Chris Cavas)

The Haguro (DDG-180) is the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer which is in service with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The ship was laid down in January 2018, launched in July 2019, and commissioned in March 2021.

The Haguro destroyer was built by Japan Marine United Corporation, a Japanese shipbuilding marine engineering and Service Company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. She is an improved variant of the Atago-class, a guided missile destroyer that was built from 2004 to 2008. The ship is longer with a length of 169.9 m.

The Maya-class is equipped with Aegis Weapon System (AWS), a naval weapons system used to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets. The AWS includes the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) allowing the ship to share surveillance or targeting information between other CEC equipped assets, whether that be from ships from the American or Australian Navy or from American or Japanese E-2 Hawkeye.

The Maya-class is powered by a COGLAG (Combined Gas turbine-electric And Gas turbine) propulsion system including two General Electric IHI/GE LM2500-30 gas turbines, two propulsion motors, and two two-axis variable pitch propellers. The ship can reach a top speed of 30 knots (56 km/h).

The Maya-class destroyer has a crew of 300 personnel. She has an overall length of 169,9 m, a maximum width of 21m, a depth of 13 m, and a draft of 6.4 m. She has a full load displacement of 10,250 tons.

The Maya-class is armed with one 5-inch (127 mm)/62 Mk. 45 Mod 4 naval gun, eight Type 17 anti-ship missiles in quad canisters, two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS (Close-In Weapon System), and two HOS-302 triple torpedoes able to launch Mark 46, Type 97 / Type 12 torpedoes and 96-cell Mk. 41 Vertical Launching System able to fire SM-2MR Standard Surface-to-Air Missile, SM-3 Anti-Ballistic Missile, SM-6 Standard Anti-Air Warfare Missile, and Type 07 VL-ASROC Japanese anti-submarine missile.

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