30FFM Launched

30FFM Launched 19 November, 2020

Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) Kumano was launched. Built as part of a frigate project that began in 2018, Kumano is 132.5 meters long and 16.3 meters wide. The ship has an displacement of about 5,500 tons and can reach speeds of over 30 knots, it said.

The 30FFMs, which will be built in total 22 units, are expected to replace the Asagiri and Abukuma-class destroyers in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) inventory.

The frigates will be powered by Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines and MAN diesel engines.

Kumano is scheduled to be delivered to JMSDF in 2022.

30FFM Launched

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