JS Makinami

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US Navy 080626-N-3931M-100 The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force ship JS Makinami (DD 112) pulls into Pearl harbor for a scheduled port call before starting Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008.jpg
JS Makinami in Pearl Harbor during RIMPAC 2008
  • Makinami
  • (まきなみ)
NamesakeMakinami (1960)
BuilderIHI, Uraga
Laid down17 July 2001
Launched8 August 2002
Commissioned18 March 2004
General characteristics
Class and type Takanami-class destroyer
Displacement4,650 long tons (4,725 t) standard 6,300 long tons (6,401 t) full load
Length151 m (495 ft)
Beam17.4 m (57 ft)
Height10.9 m (36 ft)
Draft5.3 m (17 ft)
Speed30 knots (35 mph; 56 km/h)
Sensors and
processing systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys
  • NOLQ-3 ECM system
  • 4 × Mk137 Chaff Dispensers
Aircraft carried1 × SH-60J(K) anti-submarine helicopter
Aviation facilitiesHangar and helipad

JS Makinami (まきなみ) is the third vessel of the Takanami class destroyers of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

Makinami was authorized under the Medium-term Defense Buildup Plan of 1996, and was built by IHI Marine United shipyards in Yokohama. She was laid down on 17 July 2001, launched on 8 August 2002. She was commissioned into service on 18 March 2004.[1] and was initially assigned to the JMSDF Escort Flotilla 2 based at Sasebo.


Makinami, along with the fleet oiler Towada were assigned to the Indian Ocean in November 2006 to provide assistance in refueling anti-terrorist coalition forces in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. She returned to Japan in March 2007.

Phalanx Close In Weapons System

In November 2010, Makinami, along with the destroyer Satogiri, was dispatched to Aden, Yemen to participate in anti-piracy escort operations off the coast of Somalia.[2] The destroyer was part of the sixth rotation of JMSDF vessels patrolling in this region.[3] She undertook 28 sorties, returning to Japan on January 11, 2011. On 15 March 2011, she was reassigned to the JMSDF Escort Flotilla 3, based at Ōminato in Aomori Prefecture.

On 13 August 2012 Makinami was dispatched to Aden again, together with the destroyer Yugiri, to resume anti-piracy escort operations off the coast of Somalia. The context for this extended deployment off the Horn of Africa was the "Law on the Penalization of Acts of Piracy and Measures Against Acts of Piracy (Anti-Piracy Measures Law)".[4] Approximately 2,000 merchant ships with ties to Japan, Japan-flagged or operated by Japanese firms pass through the busy shipping zone each year.[5]

Makinami returned to Yokosuka on 11 February 2013 and remains assigned to the Third Squadron of the JMSDF Escort Flotilla 3.

In October 2013, Makinami participated in the International Fleet Review 2013 in Sydney, Australia.[6]

In July 2021, it participated in the Pacific Vanguard 2021 (PACVAN) joint exercise off the coast of Australia.[7]


  • Saunders, Stephen. IHS Jane's Fighting Ships 2013-2014. Jane's Information Group (2003). ISBN 0710630484


  1. ^ GlobalSecurity.org, DD-110 Takanami Class
  2. ^ During this 2010 operation, the ship's captain was Commander Tatsuo Akimoto.
  3. ^ Mizokami, Kyle. "The MSDF and the Horn of Africa," Japan Security Watch. January 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Anti-Piracy Operations off the Coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden," Japan Defense Focus (Ministry of Defense or MOD), No. 19. November 2010.
  5. ^ "Japanese ships leave after visit," The Hindu (India). September 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Participating Warships". International Fleet Review 2013 website. Royal Australian Navy. 2013. Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S., Allied Forces conduct Exercise Pacific Vanguard 2021 off Coast of Australia". U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Retrieved 2021-07-10.

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