Ōtori-class torpedo boat

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Kiji 1937.jpg
Kiji 1937
Class overview
Name: Ōtori
Preceded by: Chidori class
Succeeded by: Matsu class (small destroyers)
Built: 1934-1937
In commission: 1936-1946
Planned: 16
Completed: 8
Cancelled: 8
Lost: 7
Retired: 1
General characteristics
Type: Torpedo boat
Displacement: 840 tons standard
960 tons for battle condition[1]
Length: 88.5 m (290 ft 4 in) full,
85.0 m (278 ft 10 in) waterline
Beam: 8.18 m (26 ft 10 in)
Draft: 2.76 m (9 ft 1 in)
Depth: 4.85 m (15 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Kampon water tube boilers,
2 × Kanpon impulse turbines,
2 × shafts, 19,000 shp
Speed: 30.5 knots (35.1 mph; 56.5 km/h)
Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 14 kn (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Complement: 129
Armament: (Ōtori, 1936)
• 3 × 12 cm/45 (4.7 inch) 11th Year Type guns (3×1)
• 1 × Vickers 40 mm AA gun[2]
• 1 × 11 mm machine gun
• 3 × Type 94 Torpedo tubes (1×3)
3 × 6th Year Type torpedoes
• 2 × paravanes

(Hiyodori, August 1944)
2 × 12 cm/45 (4.7 inch) 11th Year Type guns (2×1)
• 11 × Type 96 25 mm AA guns
• 3 × Type 94 Torpedo tubes (1×3)
3 × 6th Year Type torpedoes
• 48 × depth charges

The Ōtori-class torpedo boat (鴻型水雷艇 Ōtori-gata suiraitei?) were a class of eight 840 ton fast torpedo boats of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Development[edit]

The eight ships were ordered in 1934 and were commissioned between 1936 and 1937. Their range of service varied as needs of the war changed, but they were usually in the areas around Hong Kong, Palau, Rabaul, Truk, and Japanese home waters.

Although made for convoy escort duties and home water protection, most of this class participated in the Manila blockade operations early in the war, as well as transport duties in the Rabaul area during the Solomon Islands campaign due to ship losses.

Ships in class[edit]

Ship Builder Launched Completed Fate
Ōtori (?) Maizuru Naval Arsenal 25 April 1935 10 October 1936 Sunk 12 June 1944 by aircraft of Task Force 58 NW of Saipan.
Hiyodori (?) Tōkyō-Ishikawajima Shipbuilding Yard 25 October 1935 20 December 1936 Sunk 17 November 1944 by USS Gunnel in South China Sea.
Hayabusa (?) Yokohama Dock 28 October 1935 7 December 1936 Sunk 24 September 1944 by aircraft in Sibuyan Sea.
Kasasagi (?) Ōsaka Iron Works, Sakurajima Factory 18 October 1935 15 January 1937 Sunk 26 September 1943 by USS Bluefish in Flores Sea.
Kiji (?) Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Tamano business establishment 26 January 1937 31 July 1937 Surrendered to Soviet Union on 3 October 1947 at Nakhodka. Renamed Vnimatel'nyy. Decommissioned on October 31, 1957.
Kari (?) Yokohama Dock 20 January 1937 20 September 1937 Sunk 16 July 1945 by USS Baya at Java Sea.
Sagi (?) Harima Shipbuilding Yard 30 January 1937 31 July 1937 Sunk 8 November 1944 by USS Gunnel W of Luzon.
Hato (?) Tōkyō-Ishikawajima Shipbuilding Yard 25 January 1937 7 August 1937 Sunk 16 October 1944 by aircraft at Hong Kong.
Hatsutaka (初鷹?)
Aotaka (蒼鷹?)
Wakataka (若鷹?)
Kumataka (熊鷹?)
Yamadori (山鳥?)
Mizutori (水鳥?)
Umidori (海鳥?)
Komadori (駒鳥?)
Cancelled in 1937.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ōtori was 1,012 tons for battle condition.
  2. ^ Kari was equipped 2 × 25 mm AA guns.

References[edit]

  • Collection of writings by Sizuo Fukui Vol.5, Stories of Japanese Destroyers, Kōjinsha (Japan) 1993, ISBN 4-7698-0611-6
  • Model Art Extra No.340, Drawings of Imperial Japanese Naval Vessels Part-1, Model Art Co. Ltd. (Japan), October 1989, Book code 08734-10
  • The Maru Special, Japanese Naval Vessels No.39 Japanese Torpedo Boats, Ushio Shobō (Japan), May 1980, Book code 68343-40

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