Myōkō-class cruiser

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Myōkō trials 1941.jpg
Class overview
Name: Myōkō-class
Operators: Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Imperial Japanese Navy
Preceded by: Aoba class
Succeeded by: Takao class
Built: 1924–1929
In commission: 1928–1946
Completed: 4
Lost: 3
General characteristics [1]
Type: Heavy cruiser
Displacement: 11,633 tons (standard load) 14,980 tons (full load)
Length: 204 m (669 ft) overall
Beam: 17 m (56 ft)
Draught: 5.8 m (19 ft)
Propulsion: 4-shaft geared turbines
12 Kampon boilers
130,000 shp
Speed: 35.5 knots (40.9 mph; 65.7 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km) at 14 kn (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Complement: 773
Armament: • 10 × 20 cm (7.9 in) guns (5×2)

• 6 × 120 mm (4.7 in) guns (6×1)

• 12 × 610 mm (24 in) torpedo tubes (4×3)
Aircraft carried: 2
Aviation facilities: 1 catapult

The four Myōkō-class cruisers (妙高型巡洋艦 Myōkō-gata jun'yōkan?) were built for the Imperial Japanese Navy in the late 1920s. Three were lost during World War II.

The ships of this class displaced 11,633 tons (standard), were 201 m (661 ft) long, and were capable of 36 knots (67 km/h). They carried two aircraft and their main armament was ten 20-centimetre (7.9 in) guns in five twin turrets. At the time, this was the heaviest armament of any cruiser class in the world. They were also the first cruisers the Japanese Navy constructed that exceeded the (10,000 ton) limit set by the Washington Naval Treaty.

Ships in class[edit]

The ships in the class were:

Name Builder Laid Launched Commissioned Fate
Myōkō (妙高) Yokosuka Navy Yard 25 Oct 1924 16 April 1927 31 July 1929 Scuttled, 8 July 1946
Nachi (那智) Kure Navy Yard 26 Nov 1924 15 June 1927 26 Nov 1928 Sunk, 4 November 1944 in Manila Bay by aircraft from USS Lexington
Haguro (羽黒) Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard 16 Mar 1925 24 March 1928 25 Apr 1929 Sunk, 16 May 1945 by R.N. 26th Destroyer Flotilla
Ashigara (足柄) Kōbe-Kawasaki Shipbuilding Yard 11 Apr 1925 22 Apr 1928 20 August 1929 Sunk, 8 June 1945 by submarine HMS Trenchant

See also[edit]

Media related to Myoko class cruiser at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Whitley, Cruisers of WWII, p. 173

Books[edit]

  • Whitley, M J (1995). Cruisers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia. London: Arms and Armour Press. ISBN 1-85409-225-1. 
  • Lacroix, Eric; Linton Wells (1997). Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-311-3. 

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