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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY (JAPAN)

TORPEDO SHIPS

MUTSUKI destroyers (1925-1927)

Mutsuki 1926

Mutsuki 1941

Mutsuki 1942

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
第19駆逐艦 <19-go>(No19), 1928- 睦月 <Mutsuki>   Sasebo K K 5/1924 23/7/1925 3/1926 sunk 25/8/1942
第21駆逐艦 <21-go>(No21), 1928-  如月 <Kisaragi>   Maizuru K K 6/1924 5/6/1925 12/1925 sunk 11/12/1941
第23駆逐艦 <23-go>(No23), 1928-  弥生 <Yayoi>   Uraga, Tokyo 1/1924 11/7/1925 8/1926 sunk 11/9/1942
第25駆逐艦 <25-go>(No25), 1928-  卯月 <Uzuki>   Ishikawajima, Tokyo 1/1924 15/10/1925 9/1926 sunk 12/2/1944
第27駆逐艦 <27-go>(No27), 1928-  皐月 <Satsuki>   Fujinagata, Osaka 12/1924 25/3/1925 11/1925 sunk 21/9/1944
第28駆逐艦 <28-go>(No28), 1928-  水無月 <Minazuki>   Uraga, Tokyo 3/1925 25/5/1926 3/1927 sunk 6/6/1944
第29駆逐艦 <29-go>(No29), 1928-  文月 <Fumizuki>   Fujinagata, Osaka 10/1924 16/2/1926 7/1926 sunk 18/2/1944
第30駆逐艦 <30-go>(No30), 1928-  長月 <Nagatsuki>   Ishikawajima, Tokyo 4/1925 6/10/1926 4/1927 sunk 6/7/1943
第31駆逐艦 <31-go>(No31), 1928-  菊月 <Kikuzuki>   Maizuru K K 6/1925 15/5/1926 11/1926 sunk 4/5/1942
第32駆逐艦 <32-go>(No32), 1928-  三日月 <Mikazuki>   Sasebo K K 8/1925 12/7/1926 5/1927 sunk 28/7/1943
第33駆逐艦 <33-go>(No33), 1928-  望月 <Mochizuki>   Uraga, Tokyo 3/1926 28/4/1927 10/1927 sunk 24/10/1943
第34駆逐艦 <34-go>(No34), 1928-  夕月 <Yuzuki>   Fujinagata, Osaka 11/1926 4/3/1927 7/1927 sunk 12/12/1944

  

Displacement standard, t

1315

Displacement full, t

1772

Length, m

97.5 pp 100.2 wl 102.7 oa

Breadth, m

9.16

Draught, m

2.96

No of shafts

2

Machinery

19-go, 21-go, 25-go, 27 - 29-go, 31 - 34-go: Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Kampon boilers

23-go: Rateau geared steam turbines, 4 Kampon boilers

30-go: Zoelly geared steam turbines, 4 Kampon boilers

Power, h. p.

38500

Max speed, kts

37.2

Fuel, t

oil 420

Endurance, nm(kts)

4000(15)

Armament

4 x 1 - 120/45 3-shiki, 2 x 1 - 7.7/80, 2 x 3 - 610 TT, 2 DCT (18), 16 mines, sweeps

Complement

150

  

 Ship project history: Built under the 1923 program, presented improved Kamikaze class, Became last Japanese destroyers had TT installed before fore superstructure. TT became triple, and their calibre has increased to 610mm. Transition to triple mounts has allowed to shrink their number at invariable quantity of torpedoes in side salvo. Remaining armament repeated Kamikaze. Outwardly Mutsuki class ships differed from predecessors by S-shaped stem form, for long years become characteristic feature of Japanese ships. At laying down ships received not names, and according to then practice only numbers with which they were commissioned. Only in 1928 destroyers were named.

 

Modernizations: 1935 - 1936, Satsuki, Minazuki, Fumizuki, Nagatsuki, Kikuzuki, Mikazuki; 1941 - 1942, Mutsuki, Kisaragi, Yayoi, Uzuki, Mochizuki, Yuzuki: - 2 x 1 - 7.7/80; + 1 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki

1942, Satsuki, Mikazuki, Fumizuki, Nagatsuki, Kikuzuki, Uzuki: were converted to fast attack transports, displacement was 1590 / 1913t, maximal speed was 34kts; - 2 x 1 - 120/45, sweeps, mines; + 2 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 1 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki, 2 DCT (36 totally), accommodation for marines and deck cargo.

early 1944, Minazuki: - 1 x 1 - 120/45; + 2 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 1 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki, 1 x 2 - 13.2/76

early 1944, Uzuki: + 1 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 2 x 1 - 25/60 96-shiki

mid-1944, Yuzuki: - 1 x 1 - 120/45; + 3 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 1 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki

mid-1944, Satsuki: + 5 x 1 - 13.2/76

Naval service: Kisaragi 11/12/1941 was sunk at Wake by American Marine corps aircraft. Kikuzuki 4/5/1942 was sunk in Tulagi harbour by American carrier aircraft. Mutsuki 25/8/1942 was sunk off Solomons by American carrier aircraft. Yayoi 11/9/1942 was sunk at coast of New Britain by American and Australian aircraft. Nagatsuki 6/7/1943 was sunk by American Marine corps aircraft in Solomons area. Mikazuki 27/7/1943 ran aground at Cape Gloucester (New Britain) and destroyed next day by American Army aircraft. Mochizuki 8/11/1942 was damaged by a torpedo from American MTB, 24/10/1943 she was sunk SW off Rabaul by American Marine corps aircraft. Fumizuki was sunk 18/2/1944 at Truck by American carrier aircraft. Minazuki 6/6/1944 was sunk in Celebes Sea by American submarine Harder. Satsuki 21/9/1944 was sunk in Manila Bay by American carrier aircraft. Yuzuki and Uzuki were sunk 12/2/1944 NE off Cebu, former by American Marine Corps aircraft, latter by American MTBs T490 and 492.

Mutsuki

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14