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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY (JAPAN)

CRUISERS

CHIKUMA light cruisers (1912)

Chikuma 1915

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
筑摩 <Chikuma>   Sasebo K K 1/4/1909 1/4/1911 17/5/1912 stricken 4/1931
平戸 <Hirado>   Kawasaki, Kobe 10/8/1910 29/6/1911 17/7/1912 stricken 4/1940
矢矧 <Yahagi>   Mitsubishi, Nagasaki 20/6/1910 3/10/1911 27/7/1912 hulk 4/1940

  

Displacement normal, t

5000

Displacement full, t

5040

Length, m

144.8 oa 134.1 pp

Breadth, m

14.2

Draught, m

5.10

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Chikuma, Hirado: Kawasaki-Curtis steam turbines, 16 Kampon boilers

Yahagi: Mitsubishi-Parsons steam turbines, 16 Kampon boilers

Power, h. p.

22500

Max speed, kts

26

Fuel, t

coal 1128 + oil 300

Endurance, nm(kts) 10000(10)

Armour, mm

belt: 89 - 50, shields: 25, deck: 57 - 38, CT: 102

Armament

6 x 1 - 152/45 41-shiki, 8 x 1 - 76/40 41-shiki, 2 x 1 - 6.5/115, 3 - 450 TT (1 bow, 2 beam)

Complement

414

Ship project history: First Japanese (and one of first-ever) modern light cruisers with an armored belt and turbines. They were built under 1907 program. On trials Yahagi made 27.14kts at 29536hp, Hirado - 26.79kts at 26149hp.

Ship protection: 89-50mm belt was connected by upper edge with flat 57-38mm deck. Guns had 25mm protection.

Modernizations: 1913, all: - 4 x 1 - 76/40; + 2 x 1 - 152/45 41-shiki

1924, all: - 3 - 450 TT; + 2 x 1 - 76/40 3-shiki, 2 x 2 - 533 TT; boilers were replaced by 6 Kampon

1932, Hirado: - 2 x 1 - 76/40

1932, Yahagi: - 1 x 1 - 76/40

Naval service: In 1914 Chikuma shared in chase for Spee squadron. After being stricken all three cruisers were used some time as hulks. Hirado and Yahagi were ultimately broken up in 1947, final fate of Chikuma is unknown.

 

Yahagi 1930s

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14