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|Tonnage||13,000 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||668'6" by 68' by 20'8"
203.76m by 83.64m by 6.30.
|Maximum speed||33.8 knots|
Kure Type 2 Model 51 catapult
Mark 2 guns
4x2 5"/40 dual-purpose guns
4x2 25mm AA guns
2x2 13mm AA guns
4x4 Long Lance torpedo tubes (24 torpedoes)
4" (102mm) NVNC belt inclined 12 degrees
Torpedo bulges with 2.3" (58mm) HT holding bulkhead
1.4" (35mm) NVNC middle deck
1.4" (35mm) NVNC lower deck
3.5" (89mm) NVNC uptakes
3.5" (89mm) bulkheads
1" (25mm) NVNC turrets
||4-shaft Kanpon geared turbines
12 Kampon boilers
|Bunkerage||2214 tons fuel oil|
|Range||7000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 14 knots
5000 nautical miles (9300 km) at 18 knots
Late 1943: 8x1 25mm added. Type 22 radar dded to Nachi, Ashigara.
1944: Myoko, Haguro added 4x3, 16x1 25mm guns. Nachi, Ashigara added 2x2, 20x1 25mm guns. Type 13 radar installed. One bank of torpedo tubes landed.
The Myokos were Japan's first treaty cruisers, completed in 1928-29, and were very powerful units, with more firepower and protection than any contemporary foreign counterpart. This is not surprising, considering that the designers were convinced they could fit much more onto the legal displacement than they actually could. Once it was clear the cruisers would violate the treaty limit of 10,000 tons, a "might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb" attitude seemed to prevail and additional modifications pushed the ships even further past the limit. The ships had unusually good habitability and Haguro once served as guest ship for the Emperor. They cost ¥21,900,000 apiece.
As a weight-saving measure, the side belt was made
an integral part of the hull and the ships were given undulating flush
decks. These measures proved inadequate to give the necessary economy
of weight. These ships were built with the controversial centerline
bulkhead (see Oyodo).
|Torpedoed 1945-6-8 off Singapore by Stygian|
|Torpedoed 1945-5-16 off Penang by British destroyers|
|Sunk by aircraft 1944-11-5 off Corregidor|
CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2007-12-12)
Gogin (2010; accessed 2013-2-14)
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