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|Tonnage||1315 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||320' by 30'1" by 9'8"
100.2m by 97.54m by 9.16m
2 light machine guns
2x3 24" torpedo tubes (4 reloads)
||2-shaft Parsons geared
(38, 500 shp)
4 Kampon boilers
|Bunkerage||420 tons fuel oil|
|Range||4000 nautical miles (7400 km) at 15 knots|
|| Many of these units were
converted to fast
transports in 1941-1942, with armament of 2
4.7" guns, 10 25mm/60
AA guns, and their torpedoes.
1944-6: Remaining units had light AA armament of 10 25mm and 5 13mm/76 AA guns.
The Mutsukis were completed in 1925-1927, primarily in naval yards. They were the first Japanese destroyers completed with tubes for 24" (61 cm) torpedoes. They were also the first destroyers with triple tubes, which reduced the number of mountings without loss of firepower. In most other respects they resembled the Kamikazes.
disappointment to the Japanese,
falling short of their design speed and proving flimsy in
combat. As a result,
most were converted to fast
transports early in the war. No ship of this class
survived a solid hit by a bomb
or torpedo, and none
survived the war.
It is an indication of how badly the Japanese underestimated the Wake defenses that the Wake Invasion Force escort was built around ships of this type.
|Destroyed by aircraft 1943-7-28 after grounding off Cape Gloucester|
|Sunk by aircraft 1942-5-5 at Tulagi|
1944-12-12 off Ormoc by PT-490 and PT-492
|Sunk by aircraft 1944-12-12 off Ormoc|
|Sunk by aircraft
1944-2-18 at Truk
1944-6-6 off Tawi Tawi
|Nagatsuki||First Surprise Attack Force (Hara) sailing from Magong for Aparri||Crippled by gunfire 1943-7-6 off Kolombangara and finished by aircraft|
|Satsuki||First Surprise Attack Force (Hara) sailing from Magong for Aparri||Sunk by aircraft 1944-9-21 at Manila|
|Kisaragi||Wake Invasion Force (Kajioka) sailing from Kwajalein||Sunk by aircraft 1941-12-11 at Wake|
|Mochizuki||Wake Invasion Force (Kajioka) sailing from Kwajalein||Sunk by aircraft 1944-10-24 90 miles south-southwest of Rabaul|
|Mutsuki||Wake Invasion Force (Kajioka) sailing from Kwajalein||Sunk by aircraft
miles northeast of Santa Isabel Island
|Yayoi||Wake Invasion Force (Kajioka) sailing from Kwajalein||Sunk by aircraft 1942-9-11 in Bismarck Sea|
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