JDS Kongō (DDG-173) is a Kongō class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Kongō was named for Mount Kongō.
She was laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Nagasaki on 8 May 1990, launched on 26 September 1991; and commissioned on 25 March 1993.
Ballistic missile defense
In December 2007
, Japan conducted a successful test of the SM-3 block IA
against a ballistic missile aboard Kongō
. This was the first time a Japanese ship was selected to launch the interceptor missile during a test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System
. In previous tests they provided tracking and communications.