The fifth ship in the Mogami-class, Yahagi, was launched today by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki. The Mogami class is the next-gen FFM for Japanese Marine Forces.
Mogami, the original ship of its type, was launched by MHI in March 2021. (Naval News was there to report the ceremony) and was commissioned by the JMSDF in April of that year. Kumano was the second ship in the class and was launched by Mitsui E & S Shipbuilding, Okayama. After MHI found Noshiro in June 2021, Mikuma was the fourth FFM launched at the same dockyard in December 2021.
The vessel’s name is derived from the Yahagi River (Yahagi-gawa), whose waters flow through Nagano and Gifu prefectures. The shipyard will move on to the fitting-out phase of the project before the frigate’s delivery which will happen at the end of next year.
The FFM (formerly known as 30FFM or 30DX) is the JMSDF’s next-generation multi mission frigate. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsui Electronics are responsible for manufacturing the first frigates.
The FFM multi-mission frigate measures 132.5 meters in length and 16.3 meters in beam. MHI estimates she can travel at more than 30 knots at maximum load. The majority of the crew consists of 90 sailors, which shows the high level of automation on board.
23 JUN, the naming and launching ceremony was held at Nagasaki Works, MHI.— Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (@jmsdf_pao_eng) June 23, 2022
The newest FFM was named #YAHAGI , the 5th MOGAMI class.
Her name comes from “Yahagi River” flows through Nagano, Gifu, and Aichi prefecture.#debut #launch #newest #FFM pic.twitter.com/hsbBiYi21H
The FFM will come equipped with a variety of weapons and systems, as described below:
- BAE Systems Mk.45 mod. Four 5-inch naval guns system
- 2 of the Steel Works 12.7 Remote Weapon System
- Mark 41 Vertical Launching system
- SeaRam Raytheon
- MHI anti-ship missiles
- Sea mines
- NEC OQQ-25 Anti submarine sonars
The Final Decision To Fit Mark 41 VLS in Yahagi
Initially, the budget for the Japanese navy didn’t qualify for Mk 41. Still, at the end of the previous year, the Ministry of Defense managed to allocate an additional budget that funded these heavy weapons.
A total of $6.8 billion more budget is allocated to VLS chipsets. VLS budget was initially included in FFM 9 and 10, which were part of the FY2022 defense budget request. This supplemental budget’s VLS can be installed on any FFM ship 1-8.