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Sendai Class, Japanese Light Cruisers


Photograph
                  of IJN Jintsu

Naval Historical Center #NH 42152

Schematic of Sendai class light
                cruiser

ONI 41-42


Specifications:


Tonnage

5195 tons standard

Dimensions

534'11"by 46'6" by 16'1"
163.04m by 14.17m by 4.90m

Maximum speed      

35.2 knots

Complement

450
Aircraft
1 catapult
1 seaplane

Armament

7x1 5.5"/50 guns
2x1 3"/40 AA guns
2 13mm/76 machine guns
4x2 21" torpedoes
80 mines

Protection

220.6 tons
1.5" (38mm) + 1" (25mm) HT belt
1.1" (28mm) HT deck
Machinery
4-shaft Gihon geared turbine (90,000 shp)
12 Kampon RoGo boilers

Bunkerage

1010 tons fuel oil plus 570 tons coal

Range

7800 nautical miles (14,400km) at 10 knots
6000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 14 knots
Modifications
1943: 3" guns replaced with 2x1 5"/50 dual-purpose guns. Light antiaircraft increased to 44 25mm/60 guns and 6 13mm machine guns.


The Sendais were built in 1924-25 in various yards. They differed from the previous Nagara class in their machinery arrangement and in having a greater maximum elevation in their guns. A fourth unit was scrapped to comply with the limits of the naval disarmament treaties.


Units in the Pacific:

Jintsu

with Legaspi Support Force Sunk by gunfire and torpedoes 1943-7-13 off Kolombangara

Naka

with Second Surprise Attack Force (Vigan)    
Sunk by aircraft 1944-2-18 off Truk

Sendai      

with Kota Baharu Attack Force Sunk by gunfire 1943-11-2 at Empress Augusta Bay

Photo Gallery

Forward view of Sendai class light cruiser

Wikimedia

ONI 41-42 page for Sendai class light cruiser

U.S. Navy

ONI 41-42 page for Sendai class light cruiser

U.S. Navy

References

Cannon (2015)

Whitley (1995)

Worth (2001)



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