Japan’s Coast Guard may be Picking Up Retiring Destroyers

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Japan’s coast guard may be picking up additional ships in the form of Retiring Destroyers. Since their Coast Guard does not seem to have a defense role, there are some challenging issues to worked out in terms of weapons and manning.

13 thoughts on “Japan’s Coast Guard may be Picking Up Retiring Destroyers

  1. Here’s a question, if the Japanese Coast Guard can pull it off and pick up an old destroyer as their defense ship. Why then can’t the US Coast Guard do the same thing, that the Japanese Coast Guard is doing.

    • Those ships manning requirements are much bigger than for our cutters and they are comparable in size to our 378’s but with very poor range by comparison. In other words not suitable for our missions, plus they are approaching 30 years old and would be maintenance intensive. Once again Nicky, we are not the Navy! I doubt the the JCG will accept these ships for the same reasons, also the JCG is a civilian service unlike our service, so they are not tasked to engage foreign warships.

    • If someone was rattling a saber we had justification to be worried about right now, AND there was a Navy class of vessel they happened to be decommissioning at that same moment, the CG might pick them up. We haven’t been in that situation since WWII, and we’re not there now, even though the Navy is decomming the OHPs.

  2. It would appear this is either temporary or a stop-gap measure due to the recent escalations over the islands between Okinawa and Taiwan. Probably will keep some sort of armament, since China is doing likewise. If the dispute tones down significantly, they will be decommed, or if it continues, they’ll be replaced in a few years by new vessels (and be decommed…).

    My guess is the JMSDF crews which will be “loaned” to JCG to instruct on how to operate these ships will, for the most part, actually be crewing them for awhile…

  3. This class would generally be described as Frigates in most navies. They are smaller than the National Security Cutters and smaller than some of the Japan CG cutters, so they are a good size. Their range is also pretty good, but the JCG has no experience with either gas turbines or weapons larger than 40mm. It will be interesting to see how the ships are modified if they pursue this.

  4. BMC and Bill Smith, I totally agree with you that the US Coast Guard once did take a class of Naval vessels back in WWII. In today’s times what would justify the US Coast Guard to do what the Japanese coast Guard is doing and would it ever happen again.

    • It could, but you would see things going on like a draft, wartime economy (production control board), and you’d be hearing news stories about major combat between us and a major nation. (You must remember, America is always reactionary and rarely proactive when it comes to going to war.)

      Even then, the demise of our mothball fleet means there’s little opportunity for the CG to quickly jump into taking over a slightly older combatant class. (We don’t save many old combatant ships anymore. Most are sold/given to friendly countries for their navies.)

      • Bill Smith,
        Will we ever see, what we did in WWII ever happen again, or what Japan is doing, common in what was past practices in the US Coast Guard. The Hatsuyuki-class destroyer, what is the western equivalent and what would it be compared to in the US and NATO.

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