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TORPEDO SHIPS

SHIRATSUYU destroyers (1936-1937)

Shiratsuyu 1942

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
白露 <Shiratsuyu>   Sasebo K K 11/1933 5/4/1935 8/1936 collision 15/6/1944
時雨 <Shigure>   Uraga, Tokyo 12/1933 18/5/1935 9/1936 sunk 24/1/1945
村雨 <Murasame>   Fujinagata, Osaka 2/1934 20/6/1935 1/1937 sunk 6/3/1943
夕立 <Yudachi>   Sasebo K K 10/1934 21/6/1936 1/1937 sunk 13/11/1942
五月雨 <Samidare>   Uraga, Tokyo 12/1934 6/7/1935 7/1937 sunk 25/8/1944
春雨 <Harusame>   Uraga, Tokyo 2/1935 21/9/1935 8/1937 sunk 8/6/1944
山風 <Yamakaze>   Uraga, Tokyo 5/1935 21/2/1936 7/1937 sunk 25/6/1942
江風 <Kawakaze>   Fujinagata, Osaka 4/1935 1/11/1936 4/1937 sunk 6/8/1943
海風 <Umikaze>   Maizuru K K 5/1935 27/11/1936 5/1937 sunk 1/2/1944
涼風 <Suzukaze>   Uraga, Tokyo 7/1935 11/3/1937 8/1937 sunk 26/1/1944

  

Displacement standard, t

1685

Displacement full, t

2090

Length, m

103.5 pp 107.5 wl 110.0 oa

Breadth, m

9.90

Draught, m

3.50

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Kampon geared steam turbines, 3 Kampon boilers

Power, h. p.

42000

Max speed, kts

34

Fuel, t

oil 500

Endurance, nm(kts)

6000(15)

Armament

2 x 2 - 127/50 3-shiki, 1 x 1 - 127/50 3-shiki, 2 x 1 - 13.2/76, 2 x 4 - 610 TT (16), 2 DCT (16)

Complement

180

 

 Ship project history: Were built under 1st and 2nd Supplementary programs of 1931 and 1934. First six were ordered still as Hatsuharu class, but during building the project, after incident with Tomozuru, have significantly altered. Last four (Kawakaze, Umikaze, Yamakaze and Suzukaze) were ordered already under the changed project within limits of the 1934 program. Destroyers had a lot of similar to Hatsuharu class, but differed hardly in smaller breadth and increased draught. Superstructures have been considerably decreased in the sizes. The artillery repeated accepted on destroyers of the previous class after rebuilding, and torpedo armament have been changed instead of three triple TT there were two quadruple. Spare torpedoes for fore TT took places in pairs, on each side from the second funnel, unlike an asymmetric arrangement on Hatsuharu.

Modernizations: 1939 - 1940, all: - 2 x 1 - 13.2/76; + 2 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki

1942 - 1943, all: - 1 x 1 - 127/50, 4 spare torpedoes (totally 12); + 2 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 4 x 1 - 13.2/76, 2 DCT (36 totally)

1944, all survived: - 1 x 2 - 25/60; + 1 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 2 x 1 - 25/60 96-shiki

late 1944, Shigure: + 8 x 1 - 25/60 96-shiki

Naval service: Yamakaze 25/6/1942 was sunk W off Yokosuka by American submarine Nautilus. Yudachi was hard damaged in battle at Sawo by a torpedo from American destroyer, in the morning 13/11/1942 she was finished by gunfire of American cruiser Portland. Murasame 6/3/1943 was sunk at Kolombangara by gunfire of American cruisers Cleveland, Denver, Montpelier and destroyer Waller. Kawakaze 6/8/1943 was sunk at Kolombangara by American destroyers Dunlap, Craven and Maury. Suzukaze 4/2/1942 was hard damaged by a torpedo from American submarine Sculpin, 26/1/1944 she was sunk off Carolina Islands by American submarine Skipjack. Umikaze 1/2/1944 was sunk at Truk by American submarine Guardfish. Harusame 8/6/1944 was sunk at coast of New Guinea by American Army aircraft. Shiratsuyu 29/11/1942 was hard damaged by American Army aircraft E off Boona Island, 15/6/1944 she was sunk SE off Surigao Strait as a result of collision with tanker Seijo Maru. Samidare 18/8/1944 was hard damaged, has lost a course; 25/8/1944 during salvage operations she was sunk at Palau by American submarine Batfish. Shigure 24/1/1945 was sunk at coast of Malaya by American submarine Blackfin.

Umikaze

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14