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IJN Inazuma

Japanese destroyer IJN Inazuma underway on March 24th, 1936.

The Akatsuki-class destroyer (暁型駆逐艦 Akatsuki-gata kuchikukan) was a class of four destroyers of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Almost identical in appearance to the previous Fubuki-class, they are regarded as a sub-class by many authors, partly because the Imperial Japanese Navy itself kept the improvements made a secret, and did not officially designate these four destroyers as a separate class. This class of destroyer should not be confused with the much earlier Akatsuki-class of the Russo-Japanese War period.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1932-1944
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 388 feet 9 inches (118.49 meters)
    • Beam: 34 feet 1 inch (10.39 meters)
    • Draft: 10 feet 6 inches (3.2 meters)
    • Displacement: 2,050 tons (Standard); 2,400 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 233
  • Propulsion: 3 x boilers, 2 shaft Kampon geared turbines, 50,000 shp (37,500 kW)
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 14 knots (25.93 km/h)
  • Speed: 39 knots (72.23 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 6 x 12.7cm/50-caliber Type 3 dual purpose naval guns (3x2)
    • 2 x 13mm Type 93 machine guns
    • 9 x 610mm Torpedo Tubes (fires 18 Type 8 torpedoes, later Type 93 Long Lance torpedoes)
    • 18 x depth charges

Unit RunEdit

  • IJN Akatsuki
  • IJN Inazuma - given to ROCN as a prize of war, renamed ROCS Hsien Ning.
  • IJN Ikazuchi
  • IJN Hibiki

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