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

Mikura 1943

Mikura 1944

Name 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 (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 ASW mortar, 12 DCT (120), sweeps

Sensors 22-go radar

Complement

150

 

Ship project history: Built under 5th Supplementary program 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

early 1945, all survived: - sweeps; + 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 American submarine Guitarro. Kusagaki 7/8/1944 off Manila was sunk by American submarine Guitarro. Chiburi 12/1/1945 was sunk at coast of Vietnam by American 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 American 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

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14