Japanese destroyer Hatsuzuki

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Hatsuzuki on trial run, December 1942.
Career Japanese Navy Ensign
Name: Hatsuzuki
Builder: Maizuru Naval Arsenal
Laid down: 25 July 1941
Launched: 3 April 1942
Completed: 29 December 1942
Commissioned: 29 December 1942 Yokosuka Chinjufu
Struck: 10 December 1944
Fate: Sunk on 25 October 1944
General characteristics
Class & type: Akizuki-class destroyer
Displacement: 2,700 long tons (2,743 t) standard
3,700 long tons (3,759 t) full load
Length: 134.2 m (440 ft 3 in)
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)
Draft: 4.15 m (13 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 4 × Kampon type boilers
2 × Parsons geared turbines
2 × shafts, 50,000 shp (37 MW)
Speed: 33 knots (38 mph; 61 km/h)
Range: 8,300 nmi (15,400 km) at 18 kn (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Complement: 263
Armament: December 1942 :
• 8 × 100 mm (4 in)/65 cal Type 98 DP guns
• 4 × 25 mm AA guns (2×2)
• 4 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
• 8 × Type 93 torpedoes
• 56 × Type 95 depth charges
October 1944 :
• 8 × 100 mm (4 in)/65 cal DP guns
• 29 × 25 mm AA guns (3×5 + 1×14)
• 4 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes
• 8 × Type 93 torpedoes
• 56 × Type 95 depth charges

Hatsuzuki (初月?) was an Akizuki-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Her name means "New Moon (in Autumn)" or "(another name of) August".

In October 1944 Hatsuzuki was part of the Northern Force commanded by Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo, in the Japanese attack on the Allied forces supporting the invasion of Leyte. On 25 October, in the Battle off Cape Engaño, she was sunk ENE of Cape Engaño (20°24′N 126°20′E / 20.400°N 126.333°E / 20.400; 126.333Coordinates: 20°24′N 126°20′E / 20.400°N 126.333°E / 20.400; 126.333) by US cruiser-destroyer group, while covering the rescue of survivors of the aircraft carriers Zuikaku and Zuihō by Wakatsuki and Kuwa.

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