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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY (JAPAN)

TORPEDO SHIPS

URAKAZE destroyers (1915)

Urakaze 1915

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
浦風 <Urakaze> 1348 Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK 10/1913 16/2/1915 10/1915 hulk 1936
江風 <Kawakaze> 1349 Yarrow, Scotstoun, UK 10/1913 27/9/1916 --- // 12/1916 to Italy 7/1916 before completion (Intrepido)

  

Displacement normal, t

907

Displacement full, t

1085

Length, m

83.9 pp 87.2 oa

Breadth, m

8.40

Draught, m

2.40

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Curtis steam turbines, 3 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

22000

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

oil 248

Endurance, nm(kts) 1800(15)

Armament

1 x 1 - 120/40 41-shiki, 4 x 1 - 76/40 41-shiki, 2 x 2 - 533 TT

Complement

120

 

Ship project history: Urakaze and Kawakaze were ordered in United Kingdom in November, 1912. Their construction consisted many new decisions: geared steam turbines, oil-firing boilers. As part of their armament for the first time there were 533mm torpedoes and modern 120mm quick-firing guns. Besides, under project it was supposed to equip them with cruising diesels which, however, have not been made.

When both ships were on slipways, the First World War has begun, influenced on their fate.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Urakaze has formally been completed in October, 1915, but British government has forbidden to transfer her to customers. Actually destroyer arrived to Japan only in 1919. It served till 1936 then she was used as a hulk. 18/7/1945 she has been sunk by American aircraft in Yokosuka. Kawakaze even before completion had been transferred to Italy.

Urakaze

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14