Japanese destroyer Akigumo

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Akigumo 19 January 1944.jpg
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Akigumo
Struck: 10 June 1944
Fate: Sunk in action, 11 April 1944
General characteristics
Class & type: Kagerō-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,490 long tons (2,530 t)
Length: 118.5 m (388 ft 9 in)
(119.3 m (391 ft 5 in) if a "Yūgumo" unit)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft 5 in)
Draft: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Speed: 35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)
Complement: 240
Armament: • 6 × 5 in (130 mm)/50 caliber DP guns, very probably reduced to 4 barrels in two twin turrets by 1944
• 2 twin, by 1943 2 triple and 1 twin, by 1944 4 triple, 1 twin and several single 25 mm AA guns
• up to 4 × 13 mm AA guns
• 8 × 24 in (610 mm) torpedo tubes
• 36 depth charges

Akigumo (秋雲?, "Autumn Clouds") was an Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer of the Kagerō-class.

Shortly after the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands during the early hours of 27 October 1942, Akigumo along with the destroyer Makigumo sunk the heavily damaged and abandoned USS Hornet. US Naval ships had attempted to scuttle Hornet earlier but failed to do so before Japanese naval forces forced the US ships to withdraw.

Akigumo served during the Pacific war in various theatres and by 1943/44 received the typical mid-war radar and AA refits, bringing the light AA outfit finally to four triple and one twin 25mm mounts, plus some singles, and mounting both the active type 22 and the passive type E-27 radars.

On 11 April 1944, Akigumo was torpedoed and sunk by USS Redfin (SS-272) 30 miles (55 km) southeast of Zamboanga Peninsula, Philippines (06°43′N 122°23′E / 6.717°N 122.383°E / 6.717; 122.383).

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