The Murasame is a destroyer that is a part of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF, or simply the Japanese Navy).
The ship carries ship to surface missiles, anti-missile guns, a large artillery turret, torpedoes, anti-missile missiles and a helicopter which is equipped with search and rescue equipment, anti-submarine weapons and small machine guns.
The is 151 meters long and weighs 4550 tons. Has engines that supply 60,000 horsepower from gas turbine engines that drive a two-screw propulsion system to a speed of 30 knots (34.5 mph/55kmh). The ship can carry a crew of 165 people.
The following photo journal is from a public relations day that was held when the ship docked at Osaka-ko port on 7/22 (part of a four day docking which offered two days for public tours of the ship).
|Military staff welcoming visitors aboard after a simple precursory bag check.|
|The Japanese flag in the foreground.|
In the background you can see cranes and heaps of coal at the Mitsubishi shipyards.
|76mm shell. Similar to those being fired from tanks in WWII.|
|A 76mm turrent. Which can be operated remotely and loads automatically for rapid fire.|
|Some staff wear armbands to indicate that they have prepared some tour guide information.|
|You can see the port of Osaka in the background with some major tourist landmarks;|
the Temposan Ferris Wheel, the Kaiyukan Aquarium, the Santa Maria tour boat and the Temposan Bridge.
|A machine gun system similar to what was seen on the Kaga earlier this year.|
A Phalanx system?
|The missile launching deck with 16 hatches.|
|Information about the weapon systems in English and Japanese.|
|These torpedo tubes were covered with images of the ships crew (maybe to cover up some information on the tube hatches?).|
|A rescue dummy demonstrating a sea lift.|
|Inofrmation about the surface to air missile system.|
|You can see the surface to air missile tubes in the foreground.|
|Sikorsky (Mistubishi?) SH-60 Seahawk|
|Visitors trying on a flight helmet and jacket.|
|The complicated rotor system on the helicopter.|
|Crew explaining the flare system to a child. He referred to the flares as "fireworks" (hanabi) in this explanation.|
|Color coding on the tail rotor.|
|Ordinary people taking a look at the ship.|
|The Rising Sun Flag (Kyokujitsu ji) is still used by navy ships.|
|The port of Osaka in the background.|
|The tail of the SH-60 with the ships hanger in the background.|
|The Japanaese Rising Sun Flag and the ship's flag.|
|A hands on demonstration of knot tying.|
|The helicopter hanger.|
|An Elvis shirt.|
|Inside the cockpit of the SH-60 Seahawk.|
|Flight badge with a horseback samurai design.|
|Flight badge with an oni deisgn.|
|Flight badge indicating a middle-eastern deployment.|
|Flight badges indicating American cooperation.|
|Anti-submarine flight badge.|
|Many more flight badges.|
|The Rising Sun flag.|