HYUGA class

The Hyuga class of helicopter carriers, were the largest ships built in Japan from WWII until 2010. They are called “helicopter-destroyer” by the Japanese Navy, although they are very similar in dimensions and displacement to the light aircraft carriers of some European navies. This designation applies more for political  than military reasons. The main task for the Hyuga class is the submarine hunting, for which they could operate up to 18 helicopters, and they could operate perfectly with V-STOL aircrafts. They can exercise as Flagships and carry out command and control missions, as well to perform evacuations and search and rescue missions in emergency situations after natural disasters.

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Country of origin

Japan

Builder

IHI Marine United

Type

Helicopter carrier

Entered service

2009

Complement

Ise: 371 – Hyuga: 360

Displacement, (full load)

19,000 tonnes

Dimensions (length x beam x draught)

197.00 x 33.00 x 7.00 meters

Machinery

4 x Ishikawajima Harima/General Electric LM2500.30 gas turbines, COGAG combination

Power, (total)

100,000 shp

Shafts - Screws

2 propellers

Speed

30 Knots (55 km/h)

Helicopters

Maximum capacity: 18 (SH.60K, MH.101, CH.47 or V.22 Osprey types)

Guns/CIWS

2 x 20mm six barreled Vulcan Phalanx CIWS

Machine guns

Type: 12.7mm

Torpedoes

6 x 324mm torpedo tubes in triple Mk.32 assemblies

VLS missiles

1 x 16-cells Mk.41 launcher: ESSM SAM missiles – RUM.139 VL ASROC ASW missiles

Production

2 ships: Hyuga – Ise