Japanese Navy in 1978

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List of active ships

Active ships at the end of the year

Pennant List (end of the year)

by organization (end of the year)

Self Defense Fleet AO-411 Hamana, ATS-4201 Azuma
Fleet Escort Force DD-161 Akizuki
Escort Flotilla 1 DD-163 Amatsukaze
Escort Division 22DD-116 Minegumo, DD-117 Natsugumo, DD-118 Murakumo
Escort Division 51DD-141 Haruna, DD-142 Hiei
Escort Flotilla 2 DD-164 Takatsuki, DD-168 Tachikaze
Escort Division 1DD-165 Kikuzuki, DD-166 Mochizuki
Escort Division 23DD-115 Asagumo, DD-119 Aokumo, DD-120 Akigumo
Escort Flotilla 3 DD-167 Nagatsuki
Escort Division 10DD-107 Murasame, DD-108 Yudachi, DD-109 Harusame
Escort Division 21DD-113 Yamagumo, DD-114 Makigumo, DD-121 Yugumo
Escort Flotilla 4 DD-162 Teruzuki
Escort Division 9DD-103 Ayanami, DD-105 Uranami
Escort Division 35DE-218 Tokachi, DE-220 Chitose, DE-221 Niyodo
Submarine Flotilla 1 DD-101 Harukaze, ASR-401 Chihaya
Submarine Division 1SS-522 Wakashio, SS-524 Fuyushio
Submarine Division 2SS-561 Oshio, SS-565 Arashio
Submarine Division 5SS-568 Isoshio, SS-569 Narushio
Submarine Division 6SS-571 Takashio, SS-572 Yaeshio
Submarine Flotilla 2 ASR-402 Fushimi
Submarine Division 3SS-562 Asashio, SS-563 Harushio, SS-564 Michishio
Submarine Division 4SS-566 Uzushio, SS-567 Makishio, SS-570 Kuroshio
Minesweeper Flotilla 1 MST-462 Hayase
Minesweeper Division 40MSC-625 Amami, MSC-627 Minase, MSC-628 Ibuki
Minesweeper Division 45MSC-640 Takane, MSC-641 Muzuki
Minesweeper Division 48MSC-634 Awaji, MSC-635 Toshi
Minesweeper Division 49MSC-646 Okitsu, MSC-647 Hashira, MSC-648 Iwai
Minesweeper Flotilla 2 MMC-951 Soya
Minesweeper Division 44MSC-621 Otsu, MSC-638 Tashiro, MSC-639 Miyato
Minesweeper Division 46MSC-642 Yokose, MSC-643 Sakate
Minesweeper Division 47MSC-629 Katsura, MSC-644 Omi, MSC-645 Fukue
Landing Ship Division 1LST-4151 Miura, LST-4152 Ojika, LST-4153 Satsuma
Fleet Development and Training Command DD-102 Yukikaze
Yokosuka District LST-4101 Atsumi, AGB-5001 Fuji, AGS-5115 AGS-5, ASY-91 Hayabusa
Escort Division 33DE-216 Ayase, DE-222 Teshio, DE-225 Noshiro
Minesweeper Division 42MSC-632 Miyake, MSC-633 Utone
Air Station TateyamaASU-83 ASU-83
Coastal Defense Group YokosukaPatrol Boat Division 1PB-922 PB-22, PB-925 PB-25, PB-926 PB-26
Base Facility Chichijima ASU-85 ASU-85
Kure District AGS-5113 AGS-3
Escort Division 36DE-223 Yoshino, DE-224 Kumano
Antisubmarine Division 3PC-313 Otori, PC-314 Kasasagi, PC-315 Hatsukari, PC-319 Shiratori
Minesweeper Division 101MST-473 Kozu, MSB-707 MSB-7, MSB-708 MSB-8, MSB-709 MSB-9, MSB-710 MSB-10, MSB-711 MSB-11, MSB-712 MSB-12
Sub Area Activity HanshinMinesweeper Division 41MSC-630 Takami, MSC-631 Io
Patrol Boat Division 2PB-919 PB-19, PB-920 PB-20, PB-921 PB-21
Base Facility Yura ASU-84 ASU-84
Sasebo District LST-4102 Motobu, AGS-5112 AGS-2
Escort Division 11DD-110 Takanami, DD-111 Onami, DD-112 Makinami
Escort Division 34DE-215 Chikugo, DE-217 Mikuma, DE-219 Iwase
Air Station KanoyaASU-81 ASU-81
Coastal Defense Group SaseboPatrol Boat Division 3PB-923 PB-23, PB-924 PB-24, PB-927 PB-27
Sub Area Activity Shimonoseki ASH-06 ASH-6
Minesweeper Division 43MSC-636 Teuri, MSC-637 Murotsu
Sub Area Activity OkinawaMinesweeper Division 35MSC-622 Kudako, MSC-626 Urume
Maizuru District AGS-5114 AGS-4
Escort Division 31DE-211 Isuzu, DE-212 Mogami
Antisubmarine Division 4PC-311 Mizutori, PC-312 Yamadori, PC-316 Umidori, PC-320 Hiyodori
Minesweeper Division 38MSC-619 Mutsure, MSC-620 Chiburi
Coastal Defense Group MaizuruPatrol Torpedo Boat Division 2PT-813 PT-13, PT-814 PT-14, PT-815 PT-15
Ominato District LST-4103 Nemuro, AGS-5111 AGS-1
Escort Division 32DE-213 Kitakami, DE-214 Oi
Antisubmarine Division 5PC-309 Umitaka, PC-310 Otaka, PC-317 Wakataka, PC-318 Kumataka
Air Station HachinoheASU-82 ASU-82
Coastal Defense Group YoichiPatrol Torpedo Boat Division 1PT-811 PT-11, PT-812 PT-12
Sub Area Activity HakodateMinesweeper Division 39MSC-623 Rishiri, MSC-624 Rebun
Training Squadron TV-3501 Katori
Training Division 1DD-104 Isonami, DD-106 Shikinami
Oceanographic Unit ARC-481 Tsugaru, AGS-5101 Akashi

Ships in and out

Commissioned ships in the year

  • DD-121 Yugumo (24 Mar), completed (FY1974)
  • SS-572 Yaeshio (7 Mar), completed (FY1973)
  • MSC-647 Hashira (28 Mar), completed (FY1975)
  • MSC-648 Iwai (28 Mar), completed (FY1975)

Reclassified ships in the year

Decommissioned ships in the year

  • ASM-71 Yuchidori (20 Mar), discarded
  • SS-523 Natsushio (20 Mar), discarded
  • MSC-617 Karato (1 Mar), reclassified as Harbor service (YAS-71)

Who's who

Key job assignment

 1 Jan28 Jul7 Dec
Emperor of JapanEmperor Showa
Prime MinisterFukuda TakeoOhira Masayoshi
Director General, Defense AgencyKanemaru ShinYamashita Ganri
Chairman of Joint Staff CouncilGen (G) Kurisu HiroomiGen (G) Takashina Takehiko
Chief of Staff, Maritime Self-Defense ForceAdm Oga Ryohei
Commander-in-chief, Self Defense FleetVAdm Saito Kunijiro


Chronology for Japanese Navy
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1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
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