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KABA destroyers (1915)

Kaba 1915

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
樺 <Kaba>   Yokosuka K K 12/1914 6/2/1915 3/1915 sold 11/1931
柏 <Kashiwa> 247 Mitsubishi, Nagasaki 11/1914 14/2/1915 4/1915 sold 11/1931
松 <Matsu> 248 Mitsubishi, Nagasaki 11/1914 5/3/1915 4/1915 sold 11/1931
桂 <Katsura>   Kure K K 12/1914 4/3/1915 3/1915 sold 11/1931
楓 <Kaede>   Maizuru K K 10/1914 20/2/1915 3/1915 sold 11/1931
桐 <Kiri>   Uraga, Tokyo 11/1914 28/2/1915 3/1915 sold 11/1931
楠 <Kusunoki>   Kawasaki, Kobe 11/1914 5/3/1915 3/1915 sold 11/1931
梅 <Ume>   Sasebo K K 11/1914 27/2/1915 3/1915 sold 11/1931
榊 <Sakaki>   Sasebo K K 11/1914 15/2/1915 3/1915 sold 11/1931
杉 <Sugi>   Mitsubishi, Yokohama 11/1914 16/2/1915 4/1915 sold 11/1931

  

Displacement normal, t

665

Displacement full, t

850

Length, m

79.2 pp 83.6 oa

Breadth, m

7.30

Draught, m

2.30

No of shafts

3

Machinery

4-cyl VTE, 4 Kampon boilers

Power, h. p.

9500

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

coal 100 + oil 137

Endurance, nm(kts) 1600(15)

Armament

1 x 1 - 120/40 41-shiki, 4 x 1 - 76/40 41-shiki, 2 x 2 - 450 TT

Complement

92

 

 Ship project history: 2nd class destroyers, are built under the War program of 1914. The project was developed on the basis of destroyer Sakura. Possessed limited battle abilities, however differed by cheapness and thanks to simplified construction have been built very quickly. The latter forced French Government to order in Japan 12 more similar ships of Algerien class for own navy. These destroyers became the first rather large warships built in Japan on export.

 

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Kaba class destroyers were ones of few IJN ships, accepted direct participation in First World War operations. In March-April, 1917 at the desire of allies 10th (Kaede, Katsura, Kusunoki, Ume) and 11th (Matsu, Kashiwa, Sakaki, Sugi) divisions have transferred to Mediterranean. Being based to Malta and Corfu, they till the end of war carried patrol and escort service on Adriactic and Ionian seas. 11/6/1917 Sakaki NE off Cengotto (Mediterranean) received heavy damages from explosion of torpedo from Austrian submarine U27 but has been repaired and commissioned again. All ships have returned to Japan late 1919. Matsu and Kashiwa were damaged 1/9/1923 by earthquake but repaired.

Kaba 1919

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14