Japanese destroyer Hagikaze

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Hagikaze
Hagikaze on March 31, 1941.
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Hagikaze
Launched: 18 June 1940
Struck: 15 October 1943
Fate: Sunk in action, 7 August 1943
General characteristics
Class & type: Kagero-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,490 long tons (2,530 t)
Length: 118.5 m (388 ft 9 in)
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
• up to 28 × 25 mm AA guns
• up to 4 × 13 mm AA guns
• 8 × 24 in (610 mm) torpedo tubes
• 36 depth charges
Service record
Operations: Battle of Vella Gulf (1943)

Hagikaze (萩風?, Clover Wind) was a Kagero-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Participating at the Battle of Midway, the heavily damaged Kaga was scuttled by her two torpedoes, Kaga being fatally damaged by US aircraft of USS Enterprise (CV-6) during the battle.

On 7 August 1943, Hagikaze was sunk between Kolombangara and Vella Lavella (07°50′S 156°55′E / 7.833°S 156.917°E / -7.833; 156.917) during the Battle of Vella Gulf, by torpedoes and gunfire from the US destroyers USS Dunlap (DD-384), USS Craven (DD-382), and USS Maury (DD-401), with 178 killed.

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