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Japanese destroyers Shigure and Samidare operating off the coast of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands hours prior to the Battle of Vella Lavella on October 6th, 1943.

The Shiratsuyu-class destroyers (白露型駆逐艦 Shiratsuyugata kuchikukan) were a class of ten destroyers of the Imperial Japanese Navy in service before and during World War II.

In general layout, the Shiratsuyu-class vessels closely resembled the Ariake-subclass, or final version of the Hatsuharu-class, differing only in the more compact bridge design and the shape and inclination of the funnels. The hull retained the general configuration of the Hatsuharu-class with a long forecastle with a pronounced flare to improve sea-keeping at high speeds by adding buoyancy and reducing the spray and water coming over the deck.

The Shiratsuyu-class were the first Japanese warships to be completed with quadruple torpedo mounts and telephone communications to the torpedo station. As with the Hatsuharu-class. the torpedo launchers were given a protective shield to allow for use in heavy weather and to protect against splinter damage.

Specifications[]

  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1936-1945
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 359 feet 3 inches (109.5 meters)
    • Beam: 32 feet 9 inches (9.98 meters)
    • Draught: 9 feet 11 inches (3.02 meters)
    • Displacement: 1,685 tons (Standard); 1,950 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 180
  • Propulsion: 3 x Kampon Type Ro-Gō boilers, 2 x Kampon geared steam turbines, 2 x shafts, 42,000 shp (31,000 kW)
  • Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) at 14 knots (25.93 km/h)
  • Speed: 34 knots (62.97 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Type 13 Air Search RDF
    • Type 22 Fire Control RDF
  • Countermeasures:
    • Type E-27 RDF Countermeasures
  • Armament:
    • 5 x 12.7cm/40-caliber Type 89 dual purpose guns (2x2, 1x1)
    • 2 x 13.2mm anti-aircraft machine guns
    • 8 x 61cm torpedo tubes (2x4)
    • 16 x depth charges

Unit Run[]

  • IJN Shiratsuyu
  • IJN Shigure
  • IJN Murasame
  • IJN Yudachi
  • IJN Samidare
  • IJN Harusame
  • IJN Yamakaze
  • IJN Kawakaze
  • IJN Umikaze
  • IJN Suzukaze
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