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JS Kongō DDG-173 is a Kongō-class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JMSDF Kongō is the third Japanese naval vessel named for Mount Kongō

She was laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Nagasaki on 8 May 1990, launched on 26 September 1991; and commissioned on 25 March 1993 Kongō was the first ship outside of the United States to feature the Aegis integrated weapon system1


  • 1 Ballistic missile defense
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Ballistic missile defenseedit

JDS Kongō officers

In December 2007, Japan conducted a successful test of the SM-3 block IA against a ballistic missile aboard Kongō This was the first time a Japanese ship was selected to launch the interceptor missile during a test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System In previous tests they provided tracking and communications23

See alsoedit

  • Japanese corvette Kongō 1877
  • Japanese battleship Kongō


  1. ^ "First successful Japanese test for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System" Gizmag Retrieved 2015-06-01 Following a decision made in December 2003, Japan is upgrading their Kongo Class Destroyers with Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capability The upgrade involves a series of installations and flight tests to take place from 2007 to 2010 JS Kongo was the first ship to have the BMD upgrade installed 
  2. ^ Agence France-Presse Japan shoots down test missile in space: defence minister Accessed December 23, 2007
  3. ^ MDA press release 17 December 2007

External linksedit

  • GlobalSecurityorg; JMSDF DDG Kongo Class
  • MaritimeQuest photo gallery: Kongo

Media related to JS Kongō DDG-173 at Wikimedia Commons

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