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|Tonnage||1685 tons standard displacement
|Dimensions||352'8" by 32'6" by 11'6"
107.49m by 9.91m by 3.51m
|Maximum speed||34 knots|
|Armament||2x2, 1x1 5"/50
2x2 25mm/60 AA guns
2x4 Long Lance torpedo tubes (16 ytorpedoes)
2 depth charge throwers (16 depth charges)
||2-shaft geared turbine (42,000
3 Kampon boilers
|Bunkerage||500 tons fuel oil|
|Range||6000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 15 knots|
||1942: Single 5" mount and half the reload torpedoes replaced with 2x3 25mm guns, 4x1 13mm/76 guns, and an additional 20 depth charges.
1944: One twin 25mm mount removed. Added 1x3, 2x1 25mm guns.
Late 1944: 8x1 25mm guns added.
Type 13 radar added to some units.
The Shiratsuyus were completed in 1936-37, primarily in naval yards. They were a redesign of the Hatsuharus that incorporated lessons learned from the capsizing of Tomozuru in a typhoon in 1935. They had less beam than the Hatsuharus and greater draft, and torpedo armament was increased through the use of quadruple tubes, a first for the Japanese Navy.
The final four ships of the class had further modifications that
foreshadowed the Asashio class.
|Sunk 1944-6-15 in collision with tanker|
|Torpedoed 1945-1-24 in Gulf of Siam by Blackfin|
|Sunk by aircraft 1944-6-8 off Biak|
|Sunk 1943-3-5 at Battle of Kolombangara|
|Torpedoed 1944-8-25 near Palau by Batfish|
|Sunk 1942-11-13 off Guadalcanal|
|Yamakaze||At Palau with Fourth Surprise Attack Force (Kubo)||Torpedoed 1942-6-25 off Yokosuka by Nautilus|
|Suzukaze||At Palau with Fourth Surprise Attack Force (Kubo)||Torpedoed 1944-1-25 off Eniwetok by Skipjack|
|Umikaze||At Palau with Fourth Surprise Attack Force (Kubo)||Torpedoed 1944-2-1 off Truk by Guardfish|
|Kawakaze||At Palau with Fourth Surprise Attack Force (Kubo)||Sunk 1943-8-7 in Battle of Vella Gulf|
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Gogin (2010; accessed 2013-4-5)
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