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Tachibana Class, Japanese Destroyer Escorts


Photograph of Tachibana-class destroyer escort

National Archives #80-G-339800


Specifications:


Tonnage

1289 tons standard displacement

Dimensions

328'1" by 30'8" by 11'1"
100m by 9.35m by 3.37m

Maximum speed      

27.8 knots

Armament

1x2, 1x1 5"/40 dual-purpose guns
4x3, 12x1 25mm/60 AA guns
1x4 24" Long Lance torpedo tubes; no reloads
Depth charges
Machinery
2-shaft Kampon geared turbine (19,000 shp)
2 Kampon boilers

Range

4680 nautical miles (8640km) at 16 knots
Sensors
Type 13 radar
Type 22 radar


The Tachibanas were a further simplification of the Matsu class, eliminating most of the remaining curved plates and using almost entirely mild steel for construction. This did not bode well for survivability, but it little mattered since the ships were completed too late for much war service. Initial projections were for 113 units,but only 33 were actually ordered and ten of these were canceled. We list only those units actually completed.

Units in the Pacific:

Tachibana      

Completed 1945-1-20 (Yokosuka)     

Sunk by aircraft 1945-7-14 50 in Hakodate Bay
Nire
Completed 1945-1-31 (Maizuru)   

Tsuta
Completed 1945-1-8 (Yokosuka)     
Hagi
Completed 1945-3-1 (Yokosuka)    

Kaki
Completed 1945-3-5 (Yokosuka)    
Shii
Completed 1945-3-13 (Maizuru)   
Nashi
Completed 1945-3-15 (Kawasaki-Kobe)     
Sunk by aircraft 1945-7-28 50 near Kure
Sumire
Completed 1945-3-26 (Yokosuka)   

Enoki
Completed 1945-3-31 (Maizuru)  
Mined 1945-6-26 in Obama Bay
Kusunoki
Completed 1945-4-28 (Yokosuka)   
Odake
Completed 1945-5-15 (Maizuru

Hatsuzakura     
Completed 1945-5-28 (Yokosuka)  

Kaba
Completed 1945-5-29 (Fujinagata)

Hatsuume     
Completed 1945-6-18 (Maizuru)  


References

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2009-11-3)

Whitley (1988)



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