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Shiratsuyu Class, Japanese Destroyers


Photograph of Shiratsuyu-class destroyer

U.S. Navy. Via Wikipedia Commons.


Specifications:

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
Complement 180
Armament 2x2, 1x1 5"/50 dual-purpose guns
2x2 25mm/60 AA guns
2x4 Long Lance torpedo tubes (16 ytorpedoes)
2 depth charge throwers (16 depth charges)
Machinery
2-shaft geared turbine (42,000 shp)
3 Kampon boilers
Bunkerage 500 tons fuel oil
Range 6000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 15 knots
Modifications
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.


Units in the Pacific:

Shiratsuyu      

Hashirajima

Sunk 1944-6-15 in collision with tanker

Shigure

Hashirajima

Torpedoed 1945-1-24 in Gulf of Siam by Blackfin

Harusame

At Magong with Second Surprise Attack Force (Nishimura)

Sunk by aircraft 1944-6-8 off Biak

Murasame

At Magong with Second Surprise Attack Force (Nishimura)    

Sunk 1943-3-5 at Battle of Kolombangara

Samidare

At Magong with Second Surprise Attack Force (Nishimura)

Torpedoed 1944-8-25 near Palau by Batfish

Yudachi

At Magong with Second Surprise Attack Force (Nishimura)

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

References

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2007-12-12)

Gogin (2010; accessed 2013-4-5)

Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)


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