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SOYA (PLH-01) class

Country of Origin: Japan

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 Name      Pendant No.   Launched       Commissioned      Status

 SOYA      PLH-01        July 3, 1978   Nov. 22, 1978     Active


The SOYA was the first helicopter-carrying cutter to be built for the Japanese coast guard. This ship is sometimes grouped with the seven TSUGARU-class cutters (PLH-02/08) and does resemble them, but the SOYA is shorter and beamier and is fitted with an ice-breaking bow. Reclassified from PL to PLH on Dec. 13,...

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