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"B" (MIKURA) escorts (1943-1944)

Mikura 1943

Mikura 1944

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
御蔵 [Mikura]     Tsurumi, Yokohama 10/1942 16/7/1943 10/1943 lost by unknown cause 2/5/1945
三宅 [Miyake]     Tsurumi, Yokohama 2/1943 30/8/1943 11/1943 damaged 21/8/1945, repair incomplete
淡路 [Awaji]     Hitachi, Sakurajima 6/1943 30/10/1943 2/1944 sunk 2/6/1944
倉橋 [Kurahashi]     Tsurumi, Yokohama 6/1943 15/10/1943 3/1944 surrendered 8/1945, to United Kingdom 9/1947, BU
能美 [Nomi]     Tsurumi, Yokohama 8/1943 3/12/1943 3/1944 sunk 15/4/1945
千振 [Chiburi]     Tsurumi, Yokohama 7/1943 30/11/1943 5/1944 sunk 12/1/1945
屋代 [Yashiro]     Hitachi, Sakurajima 11/1943 16/2/1944 6/1944 surrendered 8/1945, to China 8/1947 (正安 [Cheng An])
草垣 [Kusagaki]     Tsurumi, Yokohama 9/1943 12/1/1944 7/1944 sunk 7/8/1944

 

Displacement standard, t

940

Displacement full, t

1020

Length, m

72.5 pp 77.5 wl 78.8 oa

Breadth, m

9.10

Draught, m

3.06

No of shafts

2

Machinery

diesels

Power, h. p.

4200

Max speed, kts

19.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 5000(16)

Armament

1 x 2 - 120/45 10-shiki, 1 x 1 - 120/45 10-shiki, 2 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki, 1 x 1 - 81/12 97-shiki ASW mortar, 12 DCT (120), mechanical minesweeping gear

Electronic equipment 2-shiki 2-go radar, 93-shiki sonar, 93-shiki hydrophone

Complement

150

 

Ship project history: Built under 5th Supplementary programme of 1941, presented improved variant of Etorofu class ships. Unlike A type, armed with 120mm guns removed from old destroyers, Mikura class ships received dual-purpose guns of the same calibre in single and twin mounts. Also ASW armament have been strengthened.

 

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

early 1945, all survived: - minesweeping gear; + 4 x 1 - 25/60 96-shiki

mid-1945, all survived: + 2 x 1 - 25/60 96-shiki or 2 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki

 

Naval service: Awaji 2/6/1944 was sunk at Formosa by US submarine Guitarro. Kusagaki 7/8/1944 off Manila was sunk by US submarine Guitarro. Chiburi 12/1/1945 was sunk at coast of Vietnam by US carrier aircraft. Mikura 10/2/1945 was damaged in Formosa Strait at collision with escort CD33, 2/5/1945 she was lost by unknown cause in Sea of Japan. Nomi 14/4/1945 was sunk at coast of Korea by US submarine Tirante. Yashiro 14/9/1944 was damaged at Formosa on a mine. Miyake 21/8/1945 was hard damaged on a ground mine, till the end of war repair was not completed.

Yashiro was in 1947 transferred to China on reparation.

 

Awaji 1944

Many thanks to Yedyge Kakimzhanov for correction of the information on this page.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14