(DD) Shimakaze Class

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(DD) Shimakaze Class

Post  Hunterman009 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:34 am

Specifications:

Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 2,567 long tons (2,608 t) standard
3,048 long tons (3,097 t) full load
Length: 129.5 m (424 ft 10 in) o/a
126 m (413 ft 5 in) w/l
Beam: 11.2 m (36 ft 9 in)
Draught: 4.14 m (13 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 3 × Kampon water tube boilers
2 × Kampon impulse geared turbines
75,000 shp (56 MW)
2 shafts
Speed: 39 knots (45 mph; 72 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement: 267 (May 1943)

Armament:

Armament: May 1943
• 6 × 127 mm (5 in)/50 cal. DP guns (3×2)
• 4 × 25 mm AA guns (2×2)
• 2 × 13 mm AA guns (1×2)
• 15 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes (3×5)
• 18 depth charges
June 1944
• 6 × 127 mm (5 in)/50 cal. DP guns (3×2)
• 14 × 25 mm AA guns (4×3 + 1×2)
• 15 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes (3×5)
• 36 depth charges

History:

Shimakaze (島風?) was a one-off super-destroyer built for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. She was armed with six 127 mm dual purpose guns and conventional anti-aircraft and anti-submarine weaponry. More importantly, she was also armed with 15 torpedo tubes each capable of firing the deadly 24-inch (610 mm) Long Lance torpedo. The ship was a testbed for an enormously powerful high-temperature, high-pressure steam engine that was able to develop nearly 80,000 shaft horsepower. This made her one of the fastest destroyers in the world: her designed speed was 39 knots (72 km/h), but on trials she made 40.9 knots (75.7 km/h).

Ordered in 1939 under the 4th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme, Shimakaze was laid down in Maizuru Naval Arsenal in August 1941 and completed on 10 May 1943. She saw action in the evacuation of Kiska in July 1943 and was present in 1944 at the Battle of the Philippine Sea. While flagship of Destroyer Squadron 2, she was sunk by American aircraft on 8 November 1944 during the Battle of Ormoc Bay. Japan had intended to lay down sixteen similar destroyers, with long term plans (the 5th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme) for a total of 32 to equip 4 destroyer squadrons, but a lack of industrial capacity prevented them from being realized.

Find this information and more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_destroyer_Shimakaze_%281942%29
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