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Wakatake Class, Japanese Destroyers


Photograph of Wakatake-class destroyer

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Specifications:


Tonnage 900 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 279'11" by 25'11" by 8'2"
85.32m by 7.90m by 2.49m
Maximum speed       36 knots
Complement 110
Armament 3 4.7"/45 dual-purpose guns
2 7.7mm machine guns
2x2 21" torpedo tubes
36 depth charges
Mine warfare gear
Machinery
2-shaft Parsons geared turbine (21,500 shp)
3 Kampon boilers
Bunkerage 275 tons fuel oil
Range 3000 nautical miles (5600 km) at 15 knots
Modifications
1941-1942: One 4.7" gun removed and replaced with 2x3 25mm/60 antiaircraft guns and some 13mm/76 antiaircraft guns. Minesweeping and minelaying gear replacerd with four depth charge throwers and an additional 12 depth charges. Some units received Type 13 radar. Similar changes had already been applied to PB-46 well before the war.


The Wakatakes were completed in 1922-24, mostly in Navy yards. They were similar to the Momis, incorporating lessons from the earlier class. They were also used as minesweepers and minelayers until this gear was removed early in the war to make room for more antisubmarine gear. Because of their obsolescence and shallow draft, most were employed on the China coast and in the Philippines.


Units in the Pacific:

Kuretake

Kure

Torpedoed 1944-12-30 by Razorback off Formosa

Sanae

Kure

Torpedoed 1943-11-18 by Bluefish south of the Philippines

Wakatake      

Kure      

Sunk by aircraft 1944-3-30 at Palau
Asagao Masampo

Fuyo

Masampo      

Torpedoed 1943-12-20 by Puffer off Luzon

Karukaya

Masampo

Torpedoed 1944-5-10 by Cod off Luzon
PB-46
Former Yugao. Torpedoed 1944-11-10 by Greenling off Yokosuka


References

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2008-1-2)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Whitley (1988)

Worth (2001)



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