JMSDF commissions second Maya-class destroyer

The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has commissioned the second Maya-class Aegis destroyer Haguro (DDG 180).


The delivery and commissioning ceremony took place at Yokohama Shipyard, part of Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation, on 19 March 2021.

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Launched back in July 2019, the 170-meter destroyer is an improved version of JMSDF’s Atago-class ships.

The first JMSDF Maya-class ballistic missile defense destroyer, Maya (DDG-179), was handed over to the navy a year ago.

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The Maya-class units displace 8,200 tons and carry SM-3 Block IIA and SM-6 interceptors for the ballistic missile defense role, in addition to SM-2 and the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM).

What is more, the ships have electric hybrid propulsion, making them fuel-efficient and reducing life-cycle costs, according to JMU.