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JDS Chihaya Fact Sheet


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Chihaya Class (Submarine Rescue Ship) (ASR):

Name: Chihaya
Number: ASR 403
Builders: Mitsui, Tamano
Launched: Oct. 8, 1998
Commissioned: March 2000
Displacement, tons: 5,400 standard
Dimensions, feet (meters): 419.9 x 65.6 x 16.7 (128 x 20 x 5.1)
Main Machinery: 2 Mitsui diesels; 19,500 hp(m) (14.33 MW); 2 shafts; 2 bow and 2 stern thrusters
Speed, knots: 21
Complement: 125
Radars: Navigation: I-band
Helicopters: Platform for up to MH-53 size
Comment: Authorization approved in the 1996 budget as a replacement for Fushimi. Laid down in October 1997. Fitted with a search sonar and carries a DSRV. Also to be used as a hospital ship.
Commanding Officer: Captain Masao Kuramoto
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