(BB/BC) Kango Class

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(BB/BC) Kango Class

Post  Hunterman009 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:16 am

Specifications:

Type: Battlecruiser
Displacement: 27,500 long tons (27,941 t) standard
32,200 long tons (32,717 t) full load
Length: 704 ft (215 m)
Beam: 92 ft (28 m)
Draught: 27.6 ft (8.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 shafts; Parsons turbines; 8/11 boilers; 136,600 shp (101,900 kW)
Speed: As completed: 27.5 knots (50.9 km/h)
After refit: 30.5 knots (56.5 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 1437

Armament:

Armament:

8 × 14-inch (356 mm) /45 calibre guns
16 × 6-inch (152 mm) /50 calibre
8 × 3-inch (76 mm)
8 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
Armor: deck: 2.3–1.5 in (57–41 mm)(later strengthened +101mm on ammo storage, +76mm on engine room)
turrets: 9 in (227 mm)
barbettes: 10 in (254 mm)
belt: 8–3 in (203–76 mm)
Aircraft carried: 3

History:

Despite the upgrades they were considered lightly armored and armed compared to their World War II contemporaries.

All four ships saw extensive action in World War II, due to their high speeds (compared to other Japanese battleships which were mostly held in reserve). They served as carrier escorts, and also saw ship-to-ship and bombardment duties around Guadalcanal.

All were sunk by the end of the war.

This information and more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kong%C5%8D_class_battlecruiser
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