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Naval Historical Center #NH 73053
|Tonnage||1552 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||336'7" by 29'6" by 9'6"
102.59m by 8.99n by 2.90m
|Maximum speed||36 knots|
2 light machine guns
6 21" torpedo tubes
||2-shaft Parsons geared turbine
4 Kampon boilers
|Bunkerage||230 tons fuel oil|
|Range||2100 nautical miles (3900 km) at 14 knots
520 nautical miles (960 km) at 34 knots
1945: Armament typically 2 4.7" guns, 12 25mm AA guns, 2 21" torpedo tubes, 36 depth charges. Namikaze and Shiokaze were rebuilt as Kaiten suicide boat carriers.
The Minekazes were completed in 1920-1922 in the Mitsubishi Nagasaki yards and the Maizuru naval yard. They were influenced by German destroyer design, with the 4.7" (120 mm) main armament that had become standard for Japanese destroyers. Their guns had rather poor arcs of fire and their forward torpedo tubes were liable to water damage in heavy seas. They were very fast for their day, but inefficient, with a range significantly less than their American counterparts in spite of a greater bunkerage (originally 395 tons).
A total of 24 were built, making them the backbone of the Japanese destroyer force until the completion of the Fubukis. In this respect, the Minekazes were somewhat analogous to the American "flush-deckers."
Though very fast, they were underarmed and becoming obsolescent by the time war broke out. Most had their hulls strengthened in the late 1930s to improve their seaworthiness, at the expense of speed and range. Two had been converted to high-speed transports (rated as patrol boats) and a third to a target ship.
|Torpedoed 1944-7-6 off Menado by Paddle|
|Torpedoed 1944-11-1 off Luzon by Pintado|
|Torpedoed 1943-1-23 off Kavieng by Guardfish|
|Sunk by aircraft 1944-2-17 at Truk|
|Minekaze||Masampo||Torpedoed 1944-2-10 off Formosa by Pogy|
|Numakaze||Ominato||Torpedoed 1943-2-18 off Okinawa by Grayback|
|Nokaze||Ominato||Torpedoed 1945-2-20 in South China Sea by Pargo|
|Okikaze||Ominato||Torpedoed 1943-1-9 off Tokyo Bay by Trigger|
|Shiokaze||Legaspi Support Force (Takagi) off Davao|
As patrol boats:
|Takao||Former Shimakaze. Torpedoed 1943-1-13 off Kavieng by Guardfish|
|Former Nadakaze. Torpedoed 1945-7-25 off Bali by British submarine|
Evans and Peattie (1997)
Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)
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