(BB) Amagi Class

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(BB) Amagi Class

Post  Hunterman009 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:51 am

Specifications:

Type: Battlecruiser
Displacement: Standard: 41,217 tonnes (40,566 LT; 45,434 ST) normal
47,000 t (46,000 LT; 52,000 ST) full load
Length: 826 ft 1 in (251.8 m)
Beam: 101 ft (30.8 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.5 m)
Propulsion: 4-shaft Gihon turbines, 19 Kampon boilers, 131,200 shaft horsepower (97,800 kW)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range: 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 1,600

Armament:

The Amagi class (天城型, Amagi-gata?) was a series of four battlecruisers planned for the Imperial Japanese Navy as part of the so-called Eight-eight fleet. The ships were to be named Amagi, Akagi, Atago, and Takao; the first three were named for mountains (Mount Amagi, Mount Akagi and Mount Atago), while the fourth was named for the town of Takao, Formosa (present-day Kaohsiung, Taiwan). The Amagi design was essentially an enlarged version of the Tosa-class battleship, but with a thinner armored belt and deck and a modified secondary battery arrangement.[1]

Limitations imposed by the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty prevented the class from being completed as designed. However, the treaty had a limited allowance for hulls already under construction to be converted into aircraft carriers. Amagi and Akagi were both intended for conversion, but an earthquake damaged the hull of Amagi so extensively that the ship was scrapped. Akagi was refitted as an aircraft carrier and served with distinction as part of the Kido Butai during the Second World War, participating in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor before being sunk at the Battle of Midway.

This information and more found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amagi_class_battlecruiser
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