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Hatsutaka Class, Japanese Minelayers


Photograph of Hatsutaka

Wikimedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage

1608 tons standard

Dimensions

298'3" by 37'1" by 13'2"
90.91m by 11.30m by 4.01m

Maximum speed      

20 knots

Armament

4 2pdr AA guns or (Wakatake) 2 3" AA guns
4 25mm/60 AA guns
360 mines
Machinery
2-shaft geared turbines (6000 shp)

Range

3000 nautical miles (5600 km) at 14 knots
Modifications
1943-1944: Mine rails replaced with four depth charge throwers and 36 depth charges
1945: 4 13mm/76 machine guns added


The Hatsutakas were completed in 1939-41 at Harima. They were dual-purpose minelayers/net tenders with both coal and fuel oil bunkerage. They were a good minelayer design but were converted to escort work as the Japanese became more desperate to stop the Allied submarine offensive.


Units in the Pacific

Hatsutaka

Cam Ranh Bay    
Torpedoed 1945-5-16 off Cape Labuan by Hawkbill

Aotaka

Takao Torpedoed 1944-9-26 off Labuan by Pargo

Wakataka      

Takao

References
CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2011-3-12)

Gogin (2010; accessed 2013-3-5)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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