congrats, also to the Aegis info you provided in https://www.sinodefenceforum.com/aegis-and-aegis-like-escort-combatants-of-the-world.t6143/page-52After many years of waiting I finally got it right!
by now other outlets have informed about DDG-179; I checked Jane's
plus now NavalToday storyby now other outlets have informed about DDG-179; I checked Jane's
Japan launches first Improved Atago-class destroyer
Japan's New Super-Sized Destroyer Will Help Defend Against Ballistic Missiles And More
and DefenseNews linked 16 minutes ago (there I noticed about the Aegis variant)
The Japan Marine United Corporation has launched the first of two new improved Atago destroyers for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) at its shipyard in Yokohama.
Launched in a ceremony on July 30, the lead destroyer was named Maya – after a mountain in Kobe and a WWII heavy cruiser – and will be the namesake of what is currently a class of two Aegis-equipped, 8,200-ton destroyers.
Maya (DDG-179) is scheduled to be commissioned in 2020 after undergoing further outfitting and trials.
The 170-meter Maya-class (also known as 27DDG-class) ships will be equipped with the Aegis Baseline 9/Ballistic Missile Defense 5.1 variant, referred to as
Powered by two combined gas turbine-electric and gas turbine (COGLAG) engines, the ship and 300 crew are propelled to a maximum stated speed of 30 knots.
Maya-class destroyers will field the SM-3 Block IIA missiles, for interception of short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, and will be capable of launching SM-6 anti-air missiles.
I wish I coud be there grubbin down with you guys. I was driving home at about 5:30 M here and it was 104 degrees. Hot day out!Awesome Jeff, wish you were here, I've got some burgers on the Bar BQ! LOL