Myoko is a Kongo class guided missile destroyer in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). She was commissioned on 14 March 1996 after being laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, on 8 April 1993. The Kongo Class is the 4th generation Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG). This AEGIS ship has a different appearance from previous Japanse DDG designs. The SPY-1D AEGIS radars equipped on the four faces of the bridge prove her capacity . Japan was the first state (outside the United States) to acquire the superlative Aegis fleet defence system, fitted in the Kongo-class destroyers.