(CL) Agano Class

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(CL) Agano Class

Post  Hunterman009 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:42 am

Specifications:

Type: Light cruiser
Displacement: 6,652 tons (standard); 7,590 tons (loaded)
Length: 162 meters
Beam: 15.2 meters
Draught: 5.6 meters
Propulsion: 4 shaft Gihon geared turbines
6 Kampon boilers
100,000 shp
Speed: 35 knots (67 km/h)
Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Armament: 6 × 152 mm Type 41 guns (3x2)
4 × 76 mm guns,
32 x 25 mm Type 96 AA guns
8 × 610 mm torpedo tubes (4x2)
16 depth charges

Armament:

Armament: 6 × 152 mm Type 41 guns (3x2)
4 × 76 mm guns,
32 x 25 mm Type 96 AA guns
8 × 610 mm torpedo tubes (4x2)
16 depth charges
Armour: 60 mm (belt)
20 mm (deck)
Aircraft carried: 2 x floatplanes, 1 catapult

History:

The Imperial Japanese Navy had standardized on 5,500 ton displacement light cruisers as flagships for destroyer and submarine squadrons, and numerous vessels constructed shortly after World War I served in this role. The Agano class was conceived in the 1930s as a replacement for the aging Tenryu, Kuma and Nagara classes. Larger than these previous light cruisers, the Agano-class vessels were fast, but with little protection, and were under-gunned for their size.

Originally they were to have eight 6.1-inch guns in four twin mounts but the X turret was eliminated to allow a heavier torpedo armament and to save on costs.
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