Meet two of the destroyers assigned to the Japanese anti-piracy patrol off the Horn of Africa. At the time Google’s satellite did a pass over Djibouti, these two ships were in port.

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The ship above appears to be a Takanami-class destroyer, given the placement of her smokestacks and the protrusion her forward VLS makes. Likewise, the ship below appears to be a Murusame-class destroyer.

The imagery is either very old or very new, because the 5th and 6th rotations of paired destroyers both included a Asagiri-class destroyer, which has a large hangar and a distinctly different look. The latest 7th rotation is of sister ships Kirisame and Yudachi, both from the Mursame-class. One of the ships of the 6th rotation was Makinami, of the Takanami class; it’s possible that the imagery was shot just as the 7th rotation had arrived, and the upper ship is a soon-to-be-departing Makinami and the lower is a just-arrived Kirisame or Yudachi.

Takanami-class destroyer. Globalsecurity.org photo.

Murusame-class destroyer. Globalsecurity.org photo.

Bonus: scroll south in the map for a La Fayette-class frigate.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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