USS Teruzuki (DD-960)

Name: Terizuki
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Laid down: 15 August 1958
Launched: 24 June 1959
Commissioned: February 1960
Decommissioned: 27 September 1993
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Akizuki class destroyer
Displacement: 2,388 long tons (2,426 t) standard
2,890 long tons (2,936 t) full load
Length: 118.0 m (387 ft 2 in) length overall
115.0 m (377 ft 4 in) p/p
Beam: 12.0 m (39 ft 4 in)
Draft: 4.0 m (13 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 4 Mitsubishi/CE type boilers
2 Westinghouse geared turbines
2 shafts
45,000 shp (33,556 kW)
Speed: 32 kn (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Complement: 330
Sensors and
processing systems:
OPS-1 air-search radar
OPS-15 surface-search radar
SQS-29 sonar
Armament: • 3 × 5"/54 caliber guns in Mk.39 single mountings
• 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns in Mk.33 twin mountings
• 1 × Type 65 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tube quad mounting (8 torpedos)
•1 × RUR-4 Weapon Alpha anti-submarine rocket launcher
• 2 × hedgehog anti-submarine projector
Depth charges

Terizuki was a Japanese Akizuki class destroyer. It was laid down in 1958 and served as a front line warship with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force until 1986, and as an auxiliary until 1993.

Design and construction

Terizuki was one of two Akizuki class destroyers ordered in 1957 by the United States for Japan as part of a military aid package. Although the two destroyers were paid for by the United States, and therefore had hull numbers under the US Navy designation scheme, with Terizuki having the hull number DD-960, they were built in Japanese shipyards to local designs.[1]

The two destroyers were equipped as flotilla leaders, and had the same main gun armament of three American 5 inch (127 mm) 54 caliber guns as used in the previous Murasame class destroyers, with four 3 inch (76 mm) anti-aircraft guns in two twin mounts. Anti-submarine armament consisted of a Weapon Alpha anti-submarine rocket launcher, two Hedgehog anti submarine projectors and two depth charge launchers. A single quadruple mount for 21 inch (533 mm) torpedoes was fitted, with a single set of reload torpedoes.[1]

Terizuki was laid down by Mitsubishi at Kobe in Japan on 15 August 1958, launched on 24 June 1959 and commissioned with the pennant number DD 162 on 29 February 1960.[1]

Operational history

Terizuki was refitted between 1976 and 1977 to improve anti-submarine capabilities, with the SQS-29 hull sonar replaced by the larger and longer ranged SQS-23 system, while a variable-depth sonar (VDS) was added.[1][2] The obsolete Weapon Alpha launcher was replaced by a Bofors 375 mm anti-submarine launcher, with the Hedgehog launchers replaced by two triple 12.75 in (324 mm) triple mounting for Mark 46 torpedoes.[1][3]

Terizuki became an auxiliary in 1986, and a training ship on 1 July 1987, with torpedo tubes and the VDS removed.[1] It was stricken in September 1993.[1]


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