Hyuga: First Helicopter Destroyer of Japan MSDF to have Female Crew

by OldSailor on March 31, 2009


japan_femaleHelicopter Destroyer Hyuga (DDH 181), of Japan Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF) was commissioned on March 18. International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 08 of the year and the United States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.

To mark this occasion, Helicopter Destroyer Hyuga is the first JMSDF destroyer to have female crew. The ship is part of 16DDH project (16 as in the 16th year of the Heisei emperor in the Japanese calendar). The warship looks like an aircraft carrier with a flattop deck and is in fact a helicopter carrier but not classified as an aircraft carrier.

The name Hyuga is of a World War II hybrid battleship/carrier. The ship is comparable in size to modern small aircraft carriers of Italy’s MM Giuseppe Garibaldi, Spain’s Principe de Asturia and Britain’s Invincible.

Some of the interesting features of helicopter carrier Hyuga are:

  • The first of two helicopter carriers, launched on August 23, 2007. JMSDF_EF1
  • The helicopter destroyer is one of the largest warships built for the JMSDF.
  • The first JMSDF destroyer to have 17 females (two officers and 15 sailors).
  • Up to four helicopters, can take off and land simultaneously.
  • There are two aircraft lifts, enclosed hangar and can carry up to 11 helicopters.
  • Built by IHI Marine United Inc. at Yokohama shipyard.
  • Specifications
    • Displacement: 13,950 tons standard; 18,000 tons full load
    • Length: 197 metres
    • Beam: 33 metres
    • Draft: 7 metres
    • Propulsion: COGAG, two shafts, 100,000 hp
    • Speed: 30 plus knots
    • Complement: 340
  • The warship will be based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, where she will serve as the flagship for the 1st Escort Flotilla.

Here is the photograph of Hyuga (DDH 181), from JMSDF.


More photographs of Hyuga helicopter carrier, are here.

Video clips of Hyuga helicopter carrier are here:

For more information on Hyuga class Helicopter carrier, log on to Military-Today, The Straits Times.

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Update: April 13

Hyuga helicopter carrier was opened to visitors at Yokosuka naval base in Kanagawa Prefecture on April 11. Read more from The Japan Times.

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