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Katori Class, Japanese Light Cruisers


Photograph of Katori-class cruiser
U.S. Navy. Via Wikipedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 5890 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 425'10" by 52'4" by 18'11"
129.79m by 15.95m by 5.77m
Maximum speed       18 knots
Complement 315 officers and sailors
275 midshipmen
Aircraft 1 Kure Type 2 Model 5 catapult
1 seaplane
Armament 2x2 6"/50 guns
1x2 5"/40 dual-purpose guns
2x2 25mm AA guns
2x2 21" torpedo tubes
Protection 2" (51mm) HT deck
Machinery
2-shaft combined Kanpon turbine and diesel
3 Kanpon boilers
Bunkerage
600 tons fuel oil
Range
9900 nautical miles (18,000 km) at 12 knots


The Katoris were completed in 1940-41. Though classified as light cruisers, they were virtually unarmored, but had extensive communications facilities consistent with use as training cruisers in peacetime and conversion to fleet flagships in time of war. They had strong hulls but poor speed which limited their usefulness. They were rather expensive for units of such limited combat value.


Units in the Pacific:

Katori

Kwajalein

Sunk by Iowa 1944-2-17 at Truk

Kashima      

Truk


Kashii

Main Body (Ozawa) in the South China Sea      

Sunk by aircraft 1945-1-12 off Indochina


References

Lacroix and Wells (1997)
Whitley (1995)

Worth (2001)



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