Japanese Destroyer JS Samidare Visits Colombo

This visit comes almost exactly one year after another JMSDF destroyer, JS Ikazuchi (DD-107), arrived at the port of Colombo on June 22, 2023.

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Today, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Samidare (DD-106) made a notable visit to the port of Colombo. The JS Samidare, the sixth vessel in the Murasame-class of destroyers, has been an integral part of Japan’s maritime defence since her commissioning on March 21, 2000.

The Murasame-class ships feature a completely redesigned hull compared to their predecessors, aimed at reducing underwater radiation noise and enhancing stealth capabilities. Notably, the hull and superstructure are inclined to minimize the radar cross-section, a crucial feature in modern naval warfare. However, unlike the American Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the Murasame-class does not incorporate an angled tripod mainmast due to the harsh winter weather conditions of the Sea of Japan. Additionally, the aft section of the ship is designed to facilitate helicopter operations, drawing inspiration from the “mini-Oranda-zaka” design seen in the Kongō-class destroyers.

JS Samidare’s propulsion system utilizes a Combined Gas And Gas (COGAG) arrangement, similar to the Asagiri class but with updated engines, including a pair of Spey SM1Cs and LM2500s as used in the Kongō class. Since her launch in 1998 and commissioning in 2000, JS Samidare has had a distinguished operational career. She was part of the international anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia in 2009 and participated in the Malabar 2019 joint exercises with naval forces from the United States and India, focusing on anti-submarine and anti-aircraft warfare.

JS Samidare has also engaged in goodwill training exercises with the Chinese Navy, demonstrating Japan’s commitment to regional security and diplomatic engagement. In 2022, she was deployed to Djibouti for anti-piracy operations, underscoring her role in international maritime security efforts. The visit of JS Samidare to Colombo marks another chapter in her active service, reflecting the strong maritime cooperation between Japan and Sri Lanka.

This visit comes almost exactly one year after another JMSDF destroyer, JS Ikazuchi (DD-107), arrived at the port of Colombo on June 22, 2023. The 150.5-meter-long Ikazuchi, commanded by Commander Tanaka Hiroaki and manned by a crew of 207.

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